At the intersection of sculpture, performance and video, the exhibition Lili Reynaud-Dewar: I Want All of the Above to Be the Sun offers visitors an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the main aspects of the practice of French artist Lili Reynaud-Dewar. For almost 20 years, Reynaud-Dewar has been creating environments and situations in which she uses her body and that of others to evoke the vulnerability and empowerment associated with public position statements.
I Want All of the Above to Be the Sun
This exhibition brings together for the first time more than 30 of her videos produced over the years where she is featured dancing, her body painted, in museums, galleries, and artist residencies to which she has been invited, as well as a recently begun series of self-portraits made of polished aluminum to establish a dialogue between works based on repetitions of a single gesture performed in different mediums and contexts.
The exhibition is completed by the choral installation (four simultaneous projections) titled Rome, November 1st and 2nd 1975 (2019-2021), initiated by Reynaud-Dewar during her stay at the Villa Medici in Rome. A look back at the final day of filmmaker and author Pier Paolo Pasolini, the work reconstructs his final interview and the circumstances surrounding his murder, with the collaboration of 20 members of his close circle, who play him and his companion, the young Giuseppe Pelosi.
Born in La Rochelle in 1975, Lili Reynaud-Dewar lives and works in Grenoble. She is a professor at the Haute École d’art et de design Genève. She has had solo exhibitions in Europe, North America, and Australia; in addition, her work has appeared in countless group exhibitions and is included in numerous collections, including those of the Centre Pompidou, MoMA, the Pinault Collection, the Centre national des arts plastiques, the Musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux, and several Fonds régionaux d’art contemporain (regional funds for contemporary art in France). She is the recipient of the 2021 Prix Marcel Duchamp.
The video installation Rome, November 1st and 2nd 1975 contains violent content that may be disturbing for some viewers.