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Julien Prévieux

Julien Prévieux

Work, management, economics, politics, control systems, state-of-the-art technologies and the culture industry are the many ‘worlds’ that Julien Prévieux’s activities involve. As in the Lettres de non-motivation (Letters of Non-Application) that he has been sending out to employers regularly since 2004 – in which he responds to newspaper advertisements and details his reasons for not applying for the jobs in question – his work often appropriates the vocabulary, mechanisms and modus operandi of the sectors by which it is informed, the better to highlight their dogmas, excesses and, when all is said and done, their vacuousness.

By shrewdly adopting the stance of an individual facing whole swathes of society that are, in many respects, dehumanised, Prévieux develops a strategy of counterproductivity, or what the philosopher Elie During called, in a recent essay about the artist’s praxis, ‘counter-employment’.

The various crises and scandals that have staked up over the past decade have meant that the arcana of the world economy have become a must – and favourite subject – for Prévieux. Thus, his series of drawings entitled A la recherché du miracle économique

(In Search of the Economic Miracle, 2006) took as its point of departure three excerpts from Das Kapital by Marx, which the artist subjected to the ‘bible codes’, a decoding technique used in different periods in history to bring out hidden meaning in sacred texts. From each of the three excerpts there develops a network of key words – crash, bankruptcy, laundering, downward spiral, monopoly, audit, and so on – prophesying different financial disasters, past or future. More recently, Prévieux’s interest has veered towards what has been described by the media as ‘the swindle of the century’, namely the Bernard Madoff affair. For Forget the Money (2011), the artist managed to acquire part of the disgraced financier’s library, in the wake of the auctioning of goods seized by the FBI.

This collection of 100 or so books, made up mainly of bestsellers, thrillers and airport novels, might be deemed insignificant in other circumstances, but now has a special aura. Perusing the covers, a reading emerges that, with hindsight, cannot fail but see in titles such as No Second Chance, End in Tears and White Shark signs -foreshadowing the fate of their former owner.

 

Christophe Gallois, curator of the Mudam Luxembourg

 

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Artist's biography

Current residency : Paris

Birth date : Jan. 1, 1974

Birth place : Grenoble

Individual exhibition

2012

10 puissance 20, FRAC Basse Normandie.

Stratagèmes et espaces clos, Galerie de l’école des beaux-arts de Rouen.

2011

Lettres de non-motivation, Maison Populaire, Montreuil, France

Dimensions in Modern Management, Galerie Jousse Entreprise, Paris, France

Le choc du futur, Médiathèque de Tarnos, Tarnos, France

Anomalies construites, Galerie Edouard Manet, Gennevilliers, France

Collective exhibition

2014

Prix Marcel Duchamp, Abbatiale Saint-Ouen, Musée des Beaux Arts, Rouen France.

The Crime was Almost Perfect, PAC, Milan, Italie.

The Crime was Almost Perfect, Witte de WIth, Rotterdam, Pays-Bas.

La République, La Villa du Parc - Centre d’art contemporain, Annemasse, France.

Le cercle parfait ne dure qu'une nuit, FRAC Aquitaine, Bordeaux, France.

2013

Oracular Vernacular, MAMO, Marseille, France

Par les temps qui courent, LiFE, Saint Nazaire, France

Quand l’art prend la ville,  Defacto Gallery, La Défense, France

Chessroom, Atelier Rouart, Paris. Curated by Sinziana Ravini, France.

Quel travail?! Manières de faire, manières de voir, Centre photographique d’Ile de France

Mémoires vives, Pôle d’archives de Bayonne et du Pays Basque, France

Mandrake a disparu, Espace Khiasma, Paris

La sentinelle, CAPC- Musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux, France

Abstraction Manifeste, Le Quartier- Centre d’art contemporain, Quimper, France.

Residency

2014

FLAX foundation, Los Angeles, USA.

2013

Capcete, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Artist's biography

Individual exhibition

2012

10 puissance 20, FRAC Basse Normandie.

Stratagèmes et espaces clos, Galerie de l’école des beaux-arts de Rouen.

2011

Lettres de non-motivation, Maison Populaire, Montreuil, France

Dimensions in Modern Management, Galerie Jousse Entreprise, Paris, France

Le choc du futur, Médiathèque de Tarnos, Tarnos, France

Anomalies construites, Galerie Edouard Manet, Gennevilliers, France

2010

Le dilemme du prisonnier, Le Château des Adhémar, centre d’art contemporain, Montélimar, France

Colorless Green Ideas Sleep Furiously, Galerie West, La Haye, Hollande

2008

Think Park, Centre d’art contemporain, La synagogue de Delme, Delme, France

Comment - No Comment, Domaine de Kerguéhennec, Centre d’art Contemporain, Bignan, France

2007

Management Cockpit, La Vitrine, Paris

Pseudo-collision, LIA, Grenoble

Management of Change and Conflict, galerie Jousse Entreprise, Paris

2004

Commotion, galerie Jousse Entreprise, Paris

Collective exhibition

2014

Prix Marcel Duchamp, Abbatiale Saint-Ouen, Musée des Beaux Arts, Rouen France.

The Crime was Almost Perfect, PAC, Milan, Italie.

The Crime was Almost Perfect, Witte de WIth, Rotterdam, Pays-Bas.

La République, La Villa du Parc - Centre d’art contemporain, Annemasse, France.

Le cercle parfait ne dure qu'une nuit, FRAC Aquitaine, Bordeaux, France.

2013

Oracular Vernacular, MAMO, Marseille, France

Par les temps qui courent, LiFE, Saint Nazaire, France

Quand l’art prend la ville,  Defacto Gallery, La Défense, France

Chessroom, Atelier Rouart, Paris. Curated by Sinziana Ravini, France.

Quel travail?! Manières de faire, manières de voir, Centre photographique d’Ile de France

Mémoires vives, Pôle d’archives de Bayonne et du Pays Basque, France

Mandrake a disparu, Espace Khiasma, Paris

La sentinelle, CAPC- Musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux, France

Abstraction Manifeste, Le Quartier- Centre d’art contemporain, Quimper, France.

2012

Lost in L.A., LAMAG, Barnsdall Park, Los Angeles, Etats-Unis

And So on and so forth, KIM? Contemporary Art Center, Riga, Lettonie

Etat de Veille, Galerie Jousse Entreprise, Paris, France

L’amour du risque, Musée d’art contemporain de Zagreb, Croatie

Mind the System, Find the Gap, Z33, Hasselt, Belgique

Transactions, Centro Cultural, Gutemala City, Guatemala

Miracles, Kunsthalle Krems, Krems, Autriche

L’institut des archives sauvages, Villa Arson, Nice, France.

Residency

2014

FLAX foundation, Los Angeles, USA.

2013

Capcete, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Award

2014

Marcel Duchamp Prize

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