This book was published on June 2, 2015, for the inauguration of Claude Closky's work commissioned by the Paste association as part of the New Patrons program, initiated and supported by the Fondation de France. It is the first book of a series coordinated by SOCIETIES (Objet de production) around the different New Patrons projects implemented by the organization in Paris and in Île-de-France region, via Jérôme Poggi (accredited mediator). This series is part of the New Patrons Collection published by Les Presses du réel.
SOCIETIES is a cooperative, non-governmental and non-for-profit structure founded by Jérôme Poggi in 2004, initially under the name Objet de production.
It seeks to bring together the abilities of all members of society who wish to interact in the art scene and make art together. SOCIETIES is looking for new actors, rather than new audiences, and encouraging them to take part in today's art market.
The New Patrons program initiated by the Fondation de France enables citizens facing social challenges or territorial developments to team up with contemporary artist and commission a work addressing their concerns. Its uniqueness lies within a new conjunction of three key players: the artist, the citizen, and the mediator accredited by the Fondation de France, along with the public and private partners gathered around the project.
Born 1963, Claude Closky lives in Paris. He works with different medias (video, photography, internet, painting...).
His work was presented at the Bass Museum, Miami (2005), the Busan MoMA, Busan (2005), the CCA, Glasgow (1996), the Centre Pompidou, Paris (2006), the GEM, The Hague (2005), Location One, New York (2003), the Ludwig Museum, Köln (2005), at the Madre, Napoli (2007), the Migros Museum
, Zürich (2002), the Miro Foundation, Barcelona (2004), the Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana (2000), the Musée d'art moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg (2006), the Museum of Contemporary Art, Herzliya (1997), Oca, Sao Paulo (2001), the Tate Liverpool (2003), the Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff (2006), etc.
He has participated to the Biennial in Lyon (1995), Rotterdam (photo 2003), Sharjah (2005), Sydney (1996), Taïwan (2000), Valence (2001), Venise (2001), etc.