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11th Lyon Biennale – A Terrible Beauty Is Born
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  11e Biennale d’art contemporain de Lyon Une terrible beauté est née
Edited by Victoria Noorthoorn, Carlos Gamerro, Ruben Mira, Alejandro Tantanian.
published in September 2011
bilingual edition (English / French)
25 x 30 cm (hardcover, cloth binding)
360 pages (b/w ill.)
€32.00
ISBN: 978-2-84066-485-7
EAN: 9782840664857
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The book of the 11th edition of the international exhibition, curated by Argentinean curator Victoria Noorthoorn (gathering 78 artists from all over the world, mostly from Europe, Africa and Latin America), conceived as an autonomous montage of visual and verbal works engendering a multiplicity of meanings.
“This is not a catalogue for the 11th Lyon Biennale. It is one of the works of the 11th Biennale. Or, if you prefer, an alternative Biennale: a miniature version of a Biennale that might have been (...).
The order of texts and images in this book can be compared to that of poems in a poetry collection, or stories in a book of short stories. They are not ordered according to random, capricious, rational, spatial or chronological criteria. A text suggested an image, an image required a specific text. This is how the book came to be.
The texts included in this book are not designed to accompany the works of the 11th Biennale, and neither do they explain them. They do not talk about them, they talk with them. They themselves are also works of art in their own right.
This book, such as it is, presents works of art: some are chiefly visual, others verbal. This montage of visual and verbal works engenders, like all montages, new images, new texts, and multiple meanings. The reader may read this book from beginning to end, as if they were visiting an exhibition, or reading a book, or living. It can also be flicked through in any direction, in which case the experience would be like dreaming of an exhibition after visiting it, or living an alternative life.
The contemporary exhibition system increasingly encourages visitors to read the gallery texts which introduce or explain the work before looking at or experiencing it; sometimes instead of looking at or experiencing it. The work thus becomes subordinate to the text and the text to the work in a mutually servile relationship which benefits no-one. This Biennale and this book represent a modest attempt to revert or at least to expose this tendency.”
Victoria Noorthoorn, Carlos Gamerro, Ruben Mira, and Alejandro Tantanian
Published on the occasion the 11th Lyon Biennale, from September to December 2011 (www.biennaledelyon.com).
Texts, works and contributions by Gabriel Acevedo Velarde, Ayreen Anastas, Roberto Arlt, The Artic Perspective Initiative, Ronaldo Azevedo, Zbynek Baladrán, Ernesto Ballesteros, Lenora de Barros, Hannah van Bart, Eduardo Basualdo, Samuel Beckett, Erick Beltrán, Walter Benjamin, Thomas Bernhard, Diego Bianchi, Guillaume Bijl, Arthur Bispo do Rosário, Pierre Bismuth, Katinka Bock, Jorge Luis Borges, Paul Bowles, Ulla von Brandenburg, Cyrille Bret, Fernando Bryce, François Bucher, Georg Büchner, William Burroughs, John Cage & Henning Lohner, Augusto de Campos, Beatriz Catani, The Center for Historical Reenactments, Virginia Chiota, Robbie Cornelissen, Marina De Caro, Jochen Dehn, Julien Discrit, Elsa Drucaroff, Marlene Dumas, Eschyle, Ariel Farace, Morton Feldman, Stano Filko, Robert Filliou, Yona Friedman, Aurélien Froment, Richard Buckminster Fuller, René Gabri, Carlos Gamerro, Witold Gombrowicz, Luis de Góngora y Argote, Milan Grygar, Joana Hadjithomas, Felisberto Hernández, Arturo Herrera, Homère, Michel Huisman, Jessica Hutchins, Roberto Jacoby, Yun-Fei Ji, Khalil Joreige, Franz Kafka, Christoph Keller, Irina Kirchuk, Lúcia Koch, Eva Kotátkova, Robert Kusmirowski, Osvaldo Lamborghini, Luciana Lamothe, Moshekwa Langa, Langer, Ruth Laskey, Guillaume Leblon, Kemang Wa Lehulere, Christian Lhopital, Laura Lima, Jarbas Lopes, Jorge Macchi, Linda Matalon, Cildo Meireles, Ruben Mira, Laurent Montaron, María Moreno, Hugo Mujica, Victoria Noorthoorn, The Otolith Group, Bernardo Ortiz, Juan L. Ortiz, Nicolás Paris, Sarah Pierce, Dominique Petitgand, Garrett Phelan, Sarah Rapson, Thierry Raspail, Tracey Rose, José Alejandro Restrepo, Alexander Schellow, Benjamin Seror, Gabriel Sierra, Tom Stoppard, Elly Strik, Jonathan Swift, Neal Tait, Alejandro Tantanian, Javier Téllez, Daniela Thomas, Barthélemy Toguo, Erika Verzutti, Miguel Vitagliano, Christophe Wavelet, Judi Werthein, William Butler Yeats, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Héctor Zamora.

See also the second volume of the 11th Lyon Biennale catalogue, and the catalogues of the 10th (volumes 1 and 2), 9th, and 7th editions.