A conversation with the artist (with a selection of reference documents).
Conversation with Lili Reynaud-Dewar is the first publication of the series “Avant/Après” (Before/After) dedicated to the artists and the presentation of their art pieces. What are their work habits, what is their relationship to the exhibition space and what are their source of reflection? This series places the artist at the centre of the conception of the exhibition. This book, published on the occasion of the exhibition Ceci est ma maison/This my place of Lili Reynaud-Dewar at Magasin from February 5th to April 29th 2012, gathers a selection by the artist of reference texts and photogaphic material, along with a conversation with Yves Aupetitallot.
Pulling from a multiplicity of influences – fashion subcultures, radical design, or the history of cinema –, Lili Reynaud-Dewar (born 1975 in La Rochelle, France) draws slanting lines between her personal history and some universal cultural signifiers. She often identifies with icons of cultural or racial transgression, such as writer and activist Jean Genet, visionary jazz musician Sun Ra, or dancer Josephine Baker. Thanks to the use of performance and the text, and through ever-changing roles and the interplay of people and objects, Reynaud-Dewar creates a dialogue that challenges fixed identities, or the politics of the exhibition.