Jimmie Durham is showing two works. The first, created for the Biennale, brings a scaffolding and CCTV cameras together in an unexpected pairing of objects with opposed uses and symbolism. The first is gleaming and factory-fresh, the standard equipment you see adorning walls being built or refurbished. The second is usually hidden, being intended to keep us under surveillance. Together they add up to a strange system: who’s building what, who’s spying on whom? Further along Durham offers "Thinking of You": a perch with an aluminium vulture on it. The bird of prey’s silhouette stands out haughtily against the light, playing the guardian of the established order more surely than all the cameras in the world.
Built in the 1930s and extended in 1960, La Sucrière is an old sugar factory that was used as a warehouse until the ’90s. It was converted for the 2003 Biennale, becoming its emblematic venue in the heart of the new Confluence district.
You enter the 7,000m2 exhibition space through the old silos, thus following the route once taken by inbound shipments of sugar.
The Biennale is arranged into five chapters: The Magic of Things, Celebrating the Drift, Another World is Possible, Living Together and Veduta. Each corresponds to a colour that is indicated on the exhibition plans and in the exhibition areas. La Sucrière is hosting three Biennale chapters: The Magic of Things, Celebrating the Drift and Another World is Possible.
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The Biennale of Lyon is a Les Biennales de Lyon event