Julien Bismuth, 'Partition'

4 Nov 2016 – 23 Dec 2016

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Monday – Saturday
10:30 am – 1 pm / 2 pm – 7 pm

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The word “partition” means something that divides and separates. In French, the word can also mean a musical score or a sheet of music.


In 2012, during a residence in Brazil, Julien Bismuth discovers the singular language of the Pirahã tribe, who lives by the Maici river. This language is tonal, as the Chinese or certain African dialects; it can be whistled, hummed, or translated into music; each word has its own melody, which allows the Pirahãs to whistle whole sentences, and so to communicate at distance in the jungle. In September 2016, the artist participates to a research project with M. Gonçalves in the tribe. By articulating a part of the material collected during this trip with other projects he was already working on, the artist is proposing us a new exhibition, “Partition”.

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Julien Bismuth


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