Curated by Olivier Plique
August 23 - September 20 2019
Freedom, equality, fraternity: what do these words that express the motto of the French Republic mean? They refer to what are commonly called ideals, regarded as the pinnacle of what can be desired or imagined, for oneself and others, and as the bedrock of every human life worth living.
As expressed by the essayist Luc Olivier d’Algange: «The French idea is irreducible to «values». It is with greater clarity that we wish to illuminate the style of our actions and our sentences. To the “values” that reduce to some absurd common denominator, we will always prefer the luminous freedom we enjoy from the royal fire of the Principles.
By inviting 3 recognized French artists representing this French Idea, the Valletta Contemporary Art Gallery wished to honor this thirst for ideal and for freedom of the people of France, including the socio-dynamic politics of expression and repression currently under spotlights with the movement of yellow vests.
In love with the same freedom aimed at challenging the very status of the piece of art, and following a narrative thread (FIL, French Idea [L]), each artist has created his/her own marker tools with a unique signature of a French-style artistic ideal.
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