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How to participate in writing another history of art, one that is iconoclastic, bold, and inclusive? Dérives, a new program launched at Lafayette Anticipations, delves into artists' imaginaries.

Through conversations that reveal the diversity of their inspirations, these creators will share new cartographies that celebrate the porosity of creative universes as well as the hybrid references nourishing the composition of new work. Dérives proposes to stand with the thoughts and emotions of our time, to the rhythm of the images, sounds, visions that nurture artists and their worlds.

A series of two encounters per season, curated by Madeleine Planeix-Crocker.

For this very first Dérives talk, Thai artist, filmmaker and storyteller Korakrit Arunanondchai pools textual and sensorial sources as portals to his newest film Songs for Dying. The film continues a line of exploration previously explored by the artist through installation and painting, in which different registers of storytelling are exposed : from the sacred intimate, to global politics, passing through animistic belief systems, local myths, and new technologies.

Through this discussion conceived as a journey, we dive deep into the writings of historians, religious studies scholars, and biologists echoed by Arunanondchai's personal archives of felt memory, to unpack notions of entangled communions, public and private rituals, as well as performances of love and protest featured in Songs for Dying*.

* Songs for Dying is a coproduction of the Kunsthall Trondheim, 13th Gwangju Biennale and the Han Nefkens Foundation.

Artiste visuel, cinéaste et conteur, Korakrit Arunanondchai utilise sa pratique polyvalente pour raconter des histoires ancrées dans la transplantation et l'hybridité culturelles.

Son œuvre fusionne fiction et poésie et propose des expériences synesthétiques engagées dans une multitude de sujets principalement basés sur la vie de la famille, des ami·e·s et des collègues autant que sur les mythes locaux. Parmi ses principales expositions individuelles institutionnelles, citons MoMA PS1, New York ; Palais de Tokyo, Paris ; Kiasma, Helsinki ; Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Pékin et S.M.A.K, Gand, entre autres.

Son travail a été présenté à la Biennale de Venise, à la Biennale de Whitney et au Sommet de l'art de Dhaka.

Madeleine Planeix-Crocker is Associate Curator at Lafayette Anticipations.


Madeleine is also co-director of the "Troubles, Dissidences et Esthétiques" Chair at the Beaux-Arts de Paris and a permanent member of the Scientific Research Council of the ESAD, Reims.

A graduate of Princeton University in cultural studies, Madeleine earned a Master's degree in Media, Art and Creation from HEC Paris and a Master's degree from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS). There she led an arts-based research-action project with Women Safe non-profit, where she now facilitates a theater and creative writing workshop. Madeleine is currently a PhD candidate at the EHESS (CRAL), studying practices for commoning in contemporary performance.

She has been practicing dance and theater since childhood.


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