In 2012, the Center for the Living Arts (CLA) in Mobile, Alabama, will collaborate with French artist Xavier de Richemont on his first-ever exhibition in the United States. De Richemont will be one of about a dozen nationally and internationally acclaimed visual artists selected for an exhibition at the CLA's Space 301 gallery as part of The Memory Project.
The Memory Project is a nine-month exhibition and programmatic series investigating different cultural perspectives on the intersection of individual and collective memory, with a focus on issues relevant to the Gulf Coast. In conjunction with the exhibition, the CLA will offer a robust schedule of supporting programs that will give visitors of all ages the opportunity to engage with and contribute to the artworks on multiple levels. Ten community partners from the City of Mobile have joined with the CLA to help develop programs that are exciting and accessible to our region's diverse audiences.
For the Memory Project, the CLA will exhibit a new video installation by de Richemont, titled Hokushima, which has never been shown before. Video images and narratives representing centuries of Japanese history and collective memory—from the samurai period through the recent meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant—will be projected on three walls of an 8,600 SF gallery. The entire gallery will be reserved for Hokushima, which will be a signature work of the exhibition and, possibly, a prologue to a larger-scale outdoor installation in Mobile that de Richemont is considering. The project will require 6 projectors networked to a computer program that will control the sequence and manipulation of images.
About Xavier de Richemont
Xavier de Richemont is a painter and video artist renowned for his series of large-scale video installations for monuments and outdoor sites. Born in 1959 in Algeria, de Richemont lives and works in Chartres and Paris. He studied painting at the École Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Aix en Provence. In 2003, he began Chartres en Lumières, a monumental project composed of several multimedia and light installations in the city of Chartres. This work is projected in public locations across the whole city every year from April to September, drawing thousands of international tourists. De Richemont's other video works have been shown in museums, historical sites, and public places all over the world, including France, Germany, Canada, the Netherlands, Great Britain, and Mexico. He has also created numerous works for the theatre and opera, collaborating with artists such as Robert Wilson, David Salle, and Andy Degroat.
About the Centre for the Living Arts
Founded in 1999, the Centre for the Living Arts (CLA) is a non-profit organization that operates the Space 301 gallery and studio and the historic Saenger Theatre in downtown Mobile, Alabama. The CLA is dedicated to the creation and presentation of contemporary visual and performing arts and to advancing the culture and quality of life in Mobile through unprecedented community engagement. With a programmatic focus on issues relevant to the Gulf Coast, the CLA applies creativity and innovation to the pressing needs of the day by marshalling global artistic talent and forming strategic alliances with other cultural, social, educational, and civic institutions. The goal of the CLA is to create a national model for constructive community building through the arts.
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