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French Artists in “Stories of Almost Everyone”

The Hammer Museum will be presenting a new exhibition, titled Stories of Almost Everyone, that will run from January 28 to May 6, 2018. The exhibition explores the nature of how artists and institutions speak for the works they present. The objects of contemporary art have unique historical pasts and contexts, and this exhibition questions how accurate museums can be in displaying these object’s true meanings.

Stories of Almost Everyone will include French artists Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc, Fayçal Baghriche, Isabelle Cornaro, Latifa Echakhch, and Kapwani Kiwanga. Abonnenc, born in French Guiana, focuses on the dominant presence of imperial history and cultural hegemonies that have shaped contemporary societies. Baghriche, born in Algeria and based in Paris, casts a critical eye on global cultures and exmaines the contrasts of Western European and North African and Middle Eastern Muslim persepctives. Cornaro, born in Paris, France, challenges her audience’s perceptive of art objects by experiementing with traditional modes of representation. Echakhch, born in Morocco and raised in France, challenges cultural assumptions by utilizing cultural stereotypes as subject matters for her work. Kiwanga, born in Canada, lives and works in Paris where in her most recent works, she mobilizes her knowledge of the social sciences to develop projects. Combined with the works of around 30 other international artists, these French artists will help Stories of Almost Everyone reflect on what it means to display art.