• 12 Feb 2018

The City of Paris announced who would be the successor of Charlotte Laubard, former Director of the Centres d’Arts plastiques contemporains of Bordeaux, for the upcoming 2018 Nuit Blanche. It will be Gaël Charbau, Art critic and independent curator. What to expect from such a decision?

This picure taken by Maya-Anaïs Yataghène represents the Nuit Blanche sign.

© Maya-Anaïs Yataghène

An initiative that goes against the traditional conventions

Since its creation, the Nuit Blanche has been transforming Paris, for a night a year, in a huge contemporary Art playground. Each year, installations, performances, videos and pop exhibitions are scattered all around the city. It has been several years since the artistic direction of the Nuit Blanche was entrusted to Art centers directors. Indeed, José Manuel Gonçalvès, Director of the Centquatre, a cultural Institute dedicated to contemporary creation, was responsible for the 2014 and 2015 editions. Also, Jean de Loisy, President of the Palais de Tokyo, was the artistic director in 2016. He made an impression with the upside down projection of the Conciergerie’s façade by Artist Pierre Delavie. Finally, the 2017 edition to which Art-Trope participated, took place under the guidance of Charlotte Laubard, former Director of the Centres d’Arts plastiques contemporains of Bordeaux. We were particularly moved by Tarek Benaoum‘s performance at the Institut des Cultures d’Islam who also recently painted a monumental mural. For the 2018 edition, an independent curator will be in charge of the event.

This picture taken by Thea Yazli represents Street Artist's Tarek Banoum's monumental mural at the Institut des Cultures d'Islam in Paris.

Tarek Benaoum, Institut des Cultures d’Islam © Thea Yazli

Gaël Charbau, a multifaceted artistic director

Gaël Charbau is a multifaceted an independent curator and Art critic. In 2003 he founded “Particules”, which he directed until 2010. Between 2009 and 2014 he was the editorial director of the Salon de Montrouge to which Art-Trope participated in its 2017 edition. Moreover, in 2014, he founded, alongside with Laurent Dumas, the “Bourse Révélations Emerige” which goal is to support emerging Artists who work in France. The exhibitions he curated usually take place in Europe and Asia, in collaboration with great institutions and patrons such as the Palais de Tokyo, the Friche Belle de Mai and the French Institute among others. Since 2013 he has been a curator for the Hermès Foundation for which he has been running a program that involves Artists residencies in manufacturing industries and an exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo. Concurrently he is the artistic direcor of Universcience (the Cité des sciences and the Palais de la découverte) and the curator of the Collège des Bernardins.

What to expect from the 2018 Nuit Blanche?

The 2017 Nuit Blanche was animated by the theme: collective. This edition was also the 15th anniversary of the event organized by the City of Paris. Consequently, the program gave a special attention to Art video and performances. The unconventional profile of Gaël Charbau can give us hope that a scent of freshness will animate the 2018 Nuit Blanche. Indeed, the Artists we call “emerging” have always been at the core of the artistic director’s action as part of his exhibitions. In an interview he gave to the online magazine Le Café matinal, he said: ” I think that Artists we call “emerging” ask for more dialogue: at this particular moment of their career they can be more open as opposed to confirmed Artists. I really like this fragile moment in an Artist’s career and I enjoy the conversations we have a lot because there is much spontaneity in it as well as this desire to shake things up”. The event’s theme has not been revealed yet but the expectations are already high.

This image by Pexels represents a group of performing dancers.

© Pexels


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Sources: Le Monde, Le Café matinal, and the Institut Français