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‘M A T I È R E N O I R E’ O P E N I N G

7.10.2017 – 31.01.2018

In collaboration with
BRBR FilmsCarmen MainDiego López BuenoEdoardo TresoldiIsaac Cordal, Robberto AtzoriSBAGLIATO, A.L. Crego

Curated by
Carmen Main

Two years after his London show ‘Animal’, Spanish artist Borondo presents Matière Noirehis biggest exhibition to date, in the heart of Marseille’s famous antique Marché aux Pucesfrom October 7, 2017 to January 31, 2018.

Curated by Carmen Main, Matière Noire deals with the dark matter – everything we cannot directly see or detect but allows the universe to exist – as a metaphor of the invisible in our perception. The show is a reflection upon different cultural, social and generational human realities and the media through which they are filtered, from earlier forms of representations to contemporary digital technologies.

In the free entry 4,000-square-meter exhibition, Borondo will present its universe for the first time through more than 30 in-situ artworks – animations, holograms, installations, paintings, videos – in collaboration with 8 international multidisciplinary artists from the last generation, all born before the digital boom: BRBR FilmsCarmen MainDiego López BuenoEdoardo TresoldiIsaac CordalRobberto AtzoriSbagliato and A.L. Crego, author of the exhibition’s dynamic visual content, such as gifs and videos.

Divided in 3 acts – projectionperception, and creation – the exhibition casts doubts on the uniqueness of reality and its representations, penetrating and questioning the edges of human perception; from Plato’s allegory of the cave to a 2.0 reality which shows a world flowing behind a screen, to the free creative contribution of each artist.

Unknown, imperceptible, invisible and yet so present, dark matter is the manifestation of a poetry inherent in the universe and in every individual. Matière Noire is the multisensory trail through which the dark world manifests itself: the rational thought encounters the infinite, the world of consciousness meets with the conscious one, in a fast-paced dialogue between old materials and new technologies, analog and digital, classical and contemporary.

While preserving the nature of public art, Matière Noire marks a step forward in the Spanish artist’s research, through which he explores the potentialities of indoor installation work and addresses a wider audience.

During the 3-month art residency in Marché aux Puces, the artists have lived and worked together, curating and organizing every detail of the show, sharing that space with merchants of a disappearing neighborhood, the dark matter of Marseille. The overall result is a living organism in close connection with the place and its history, one of the last reserves of collective memories expressed through the objects found on site. They become the raw material used for most of the works, a fil rouge for the whole exhibition as opposed to the digital archive of our times.

Borondo makes use of collective symbols and myths, and touches archetypes and latent unconscious, bringing the audience to a kaleidoscope of infinite universes to explore and capture.

They are drafts of an invisible past without which our existence would not be possible, as the dark matter of our present.

Visual content
A.L. Crego

Editorial design & Visual communication 

The Blind Eye Factory

Co-produced by
Gonzalo Borondo
Edoardo Tresoldi

Presented by
Catherine Coudert
Galerie Saint Laurent
Association Marseille Street Art

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