The Power of Art – Pablo Valbuena

I have been feeling a little bit down this week. It’s been two months since I came back to Paris and job hunting, the cold, missing my South-African friends and life, adapting to a new every day, having this feeling sometimes that I need to start all over again (illogical but still present), … it’s not easy every day and particularly this week has been quite challenging. I was in the mood for nothing and spent a few days being quite lazy; until I decided to go to the Centquatre to see the work of the Spanish artist Pablo Valbuena….

Cités Millénaires @ Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris: When Visuals are Enough

Generally interested in audiovisual installations, I was very excited to visit Cités Millénaires at the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris described as an immersive experience on millenary cities. Palmyre, Alep, Mossoul and Leptis Magna: four cities which, despite the incredible heritage they hold, have been disfigured by the effects of the war. These four names resonate with the beauties of the Arab world but also with the consequences of its recent history. Cités Millénaires proposes a virtual journey into these cities, resurrected for the occasion. Four cities, four spaces; each one of them arranged in the same way: a big room with a wall projection…

Tips on Designing Inclusive Exhibitions

When I was working at Formula D Interactive, I created a template to assess an exhibition or museum project in regards to inclusive design, to analyse if the exhibition is accessible to people with disabilities. The entire spectrum of disabilities was considered. I used diverse resources to create the template but mostly the Smithsonian Guidelines for Accessible Design, which is a very helpful document when it comes to designing inclusive exhibitions. Unfortunately, I can’t share the template with you as it belongs to the company I produced it for. However, since then, I always have it in mind when visiting a museum exhibition. Recently, I…

Michael Jackson: On the Wall @ Grand Palais, Paris, France.

As mentioned in the article I published in November on what were the exciting exhibitions to see in Paris, Michael Jackson: On the Wall was one of them. I saw it in December. It was amazing. First, before going into reviewing the exhibition, I have to explain where my point of view is coming from. I am a huge fan of Michael Jackson. I discovered him as a kid thanks to my grand-mother who offered me the Number Ones DVD one year for Christmas and from that moment onwards, there has been no going back. I simply fell in love…

Swing Swing Swing in Copenhagen

I have just spent a few days in Copenhagen to take some time off before going back to Paris. There, I visited Copenhagen Contemporary: a new art venue in Refshalevej, an old industrial area with recent developments.  Copenhagen Contemporary is a beautiful space. Quite massive, it currently host One, Two, Three Swing! by the collective Superflex. It is an art installation which promotes collaboration and team work. Around the first space, there’s several three-seats swings just hanging there. You can swing alone or with one or two other visitors. They can be your friends, family or just someone else who came to the…

21 YEARS: Making Histories with South African Fashion Week @ Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town

Last night, I had the chance to be invited to the opening night of the exhibition 21 YEARS: Making Histories with South African Fashion Week @ Zeitz MOCAA in Cape Town. I was thrilled as it is the first ever fashion exhibition in a South African museum. Fashion is finally entering the institution. This first event, which for sure will be followed by several others, marks the beginning of an exciting journey. South African and more largely, African fashion will finally be historized and historicized, collected and archived, studied and exhibited. As Erica de Greef, curator of the exhibition, expressed…

What are the exhibitions to see in Paris in December 2018?

I will be in Paris in December and I am starting to check what exhibitions there will be in the city this winter. My passion for exhibitions brought me to the job I do today. Going back to a city like Paris is very exciting: there’s more exhibitions that there’s time to see. However, in my memories, Paris’ exhibition scene is amazing content-wise, it is not design-wise, the exhibitions being mostly traditional looking, compared, for instance, to a city like London. Plus, the art scene exhibitions is very important, which is amazing but gives less space to history and science…