The outcome of repeated explorations of Karachi, Bani Abidi’s drawings of safety barriers provide a topographic listing of the different types placed near embassies, airports and other "sensitive" spots; the aim being to preclude any likelihood of riots, assemblies or invasions of the buildings in question. Some of the barriers are overtly aggressive, others use plants as a form of ornamental disguise intended to make them merge with the surrounding urban furniture. In her drawings of intercoms produced according to the same principle, banality of form and greyness of colour evoke the bureaucratic. At the core of Bani Abidi’s oeuvre is official intrusion in its most overt and most discreet forms, as the artist humorously breaks down the mechanisms at work in these various modes of protection; by retaining only certain meaningful and quasi-decorative characteristics, as in a catalogue, she neutralises the basic function of these symbolic objects.
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