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Anna & the Jester in Window of Opportunity

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Part of The New Sanctuary, the Satellite Programme 12 devised by Laura Herman for the Jeu de Paume and the CAPC, Anna & the Jester in Window of Opportunity is published in conjunction with the exhibition of work by Julie Béna, which takes the form of an architectural tale.
In her animated film Anna & the Jester in Window of Opportunity (2019), Julie Béna relates the curious encounter between a series of characters both existing and imagined. A critique of the concept of transparency current in architecture and society, this exhibition has been conceived as a series of real and virtual layers, which create a space of opacity and indeterminacy. This publication explores the principles and ideas that underpin these works through a conversation between Julie Béna and Laura Herman, together with an essay by Irene Sunwoo, an architectural historian and exhibition curator.
Published on the occasion of the eponymous exhibitions at Jeu de Paume, Paris, from February 12 to June 2, 2019, CAPC musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux, from March 8 to May 19, 2019, and Museo Amparo, Puebla (Mexico), from July 20 to August 12, 2019.

The Satellite Programme of contemporary art exhibitions was started by the Jeu de Paume in 2007. Since 2015, this programme of exhibitions has been organised jointly by the Jeu de Paume and the CAPC musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux. Each programme is conceived by an internationally renowned curator (Fabienne Fulchéri, María Inés Rodríguez, Elena Filipovic, Raimundas Malašauskas, Filipa Oliveira, Mathieu Copeland, Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez, Erin Gleeson and Heidi Ballet). In 2019, it will also be presented at the Museo Amparo in Puebla (Mexico). Each exhibition is accompanied by a publication that was conceived as a carte blanche for the curator and artists. This series of books, each of which was created in close collaboration with a graphic design agency, forms an independent artistic space within the Satellite Programme.
The 12th Satellite Programme, titled The New Sanctuary and curated by Laura Herman, proposes newly commissioned works by Julie Béna, Ben Thorp Brown and Daisuke Kosugi who, through their individual practices, consider the capacity of the designed environment to host, care and engage with the body and the senses. How does space determine the way we feel? Predicated on a sense of a threatening and hostile environment, one of the basic definitions of architecture is the provision of shelter and comfort for the human body. The common idea of the dwelling as a “surrogate skin” is derived from the nineteenth-century German architect Gottfried Semper, who described the animal pen, made out of woven skins and leaves, as the origin of the architectural “private” space. Today, this understanding of architecture as an enveloping spatiality seems no longer to apply. If architecture is to be reconsidered as the meeting point between different cultural references, practices, rituals, desires and needs, how can we imagine a space of sanctuary for today's world?

Laura Herman (born 1988 in Brussels) is a graduate of the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College in New York and holds a master's degree in Comparative Modern Literature. Laura workes as a curator at La Loge, Brussels, a space dedicated to art, architecture and theory. She is also an editor for De Witte Raaf, a bimonthly art journal distributed in Belgium and the Netherlands. Her reviews and essays have appeared in Mousse, Frieze and Spike Art Quarterly among other publications, and she has curated a number of exhibitions and events, including Natural Capital (Modal Alam), BOZAR, Brussels; Third Nature, Hessel Museum, New York; Definition Series: Infrastructure, Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York; and Wild Horses & Trojan Dreams, Marres, Maastricht.

Irene Sunwoo is a New York-based architectural historian, curator and writer. She is Curator of the Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery and Director of Exhibitions at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP). In 2015, she was Associate Curator of the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial. She is also the author of In Progress: IID Summer Sessions (AA Publications, 2016), and her writing has appeared in Grey RoomAA FilesGetty Research Journal, The Avery Review and Domus, among other journals. Her research has been supported and recognized by grants and fellowships from the Canadian Centre for Architecture, the Graham Foundation, the Paul Mellon Centre and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.
Julie Béna (born 1982 in Paris) lives and works in Paris and Prague. She is a graduate of the Villa Arson in Nice. She participated in an exchange program at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. In 2018, she was nominated for the AWARE prize for women artists. Her work has recently been exhibited at the Biennale de Rennes; Chapter, New York; the Galerie Joseph Tang, Paris; FUSED Space, San Francisco; Mathew, New York; and BOZAR, Brussels. She has recently given institutional performances at the Fondation Ricard and Palais de Tokyo, Paris; CAC Brétigny; MRAC, Sérignan; Independent, Brussels; M Leuven; ICA and Delfina Foundation, London; and Kadist Foundation, San Francisco.
Texts by Julie Béna, Laura Herman, Irene Sunwoo.

Coedited by Jeu de Paume, Paris, and CAPC musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux.
published in March 2019
bilingual edition (English / French)
15 × 21 cm (softcover, dust jacket)
64 pages (7 color ill.)
ISBN : 978-2-87721-245-8
EAN : 9782877212458
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