yinka shonibare MBE in 'le pont', mac marseille's project for marseille-provence 2013 european capital of culture festival

25 May 2013
Yinka Shonibare MBE's 'Vacation' and 'Odile and Odette' feature in 'Le Pont', the musée d'art contemporain de Marseille's project for Marseille-Provence 2013 European Cultural of Culture festival.

The exhibition Le Pont aims to give visibility to artists from both sides of the Mediterranean Sea and beyond. At the same time, this show works as a journey through Marseilles, leading the audience to discover numerous truly remarkable places of the city: Le Pont is the symbol of adventure and attachment.

The adventure of cultural and commercial exchange between civilisations is captured beautifully by the idea of the Greek term for the word sea, "Pontos". The sea is seen as a connecting bridge. Opposing to the feeling of adventure is the sentiment of attachment that draws one back. Memories and the feeling of belonging confront the new impressions with their full impact. Whoever crosses the bridge finds all differences to be fully illuminated. The artists invited to participate in Le Pont make the challenges of today's world visible.

Through a companionship between generations that share experiences of displacement or migration, we take the Mediterranean experience as a source to explore its universality. The invited artists seek to explore this culture's richness and diversity, engage with its complexes and multiple identities. They confront life experiences, beliefs and knowledge with the reality of a globalized world that communicates in real time, and let their oeuvres enlighten the audience in astonishing ways. Some of the chosen artists have already discovered Marseilles or have had their work exhibited here. This exhibition is also another way of showing Marseilles' hospitality and the dynamic artistic exchange in the city's recent history.

In addition to Yinka Shonibare MBE the exhibition also features artists Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla, Maria Thereza Alves, Francis Alÿs, Matthew Buckingham, Marie José Burki, Giuseppe Caccavale and Erri de Luca, Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, Marlene Dumas, Jimmie Durham, Peter Friedl, Douglas Gordon, Mona Hatoum, William Kentridge, Yan Pei Ming, Gabriel Orozco, Dan Perjovschi, Robin Rhode, Simon Starling, Fiona Tan, Ozcar Tuazon, Huang Yong Ping, Chen Zhen and others.

The exhibition runs from 25 May to 20 October 2013 at various sites throughout Marseille.

Yinka Shonibare MBE at Mac Marseille, France.