Friendship : That Shiver, That Aspen

Friendship : That Shiver, That Aspen is the fruit of the collaboration between CRAC Alsace and Crédac. Located in two different geographical, social and artistic contexts—one in rural region, on the border with Switzerland and Germany, the other on the periphery of Paris—CRAC Alsace and Crédac, both labelled Centres d’art contemporain d’interêt nationaux, share a common commitment: to support experimentation and contemporary artistic creation, by promoting the encounter between artists, public and works of art. On this occasion, the teams of CRAC Alsace and the Crédac are joining forces to organize an exhibition around friendship as a way of life and creation, an exhibition that will unfold in both art centers.

Exhibition Friendship : That Shiver, That Aspen
Date 8 to May 12, 2024 at CRAC Alsace / April 27 to July 13, 2024 at Crédac
Venue CRAC Alsace & Crédac
Photography Aurélien Mole

The exhibition is inspired by Temple de l’Amitié (the temple of friendship), located at 20 rue Jacob in Paris and home to the American writer Natalie Clifford Barney from 1908 to 1972. The temple hosted an influential literary salon, extravagant parties, lively discussions, torrid encounters and timeless friendships.

“We share these bonds of complicity with the artists and their pieces. Friendship provides our practices with a unique experience of art”, the teams of CRAC Alsace and Crédac write in their statement.

“Friendship constitutes a space for thinking, creating, entwining. Friendship leads us to push open doors: the doors to the garden of the Temple de l’Amitié.”

“Reading the poem Au Temple de l’Amitié by Natalie Clifford Barney, the words ‘Friendship : that shiver, that aspen’ resonate with us. Near to the aspen, we perceive bodies, laughter and friendships. These bodies capsize, laughter erupts, and the aspen shivers, meanwhile, a snail: ‘Like the shell of a snail, our friendship grows by a new ring each year.’ One more ring.
The consideration of friendship as a method more than a subject helps us shape this exhibition that will straddle our two art centers and be constructed collectively with the artists, their friends and draw on the energy that drives us resolutely. We thus give full rein to the plurality of voices among which we invite you to add yours.”

The exhibition brings together Boris Achour (with Émilie Renard), Noémie Bablet, Caroline Bachmann, Anna Byskov (with Bertil Byskov, Margaret Byskov, Camila Farina and Sophie Lamm), Thomas Cap de Ville, Caretto & Spagna, Lola Gonzàlez, Donna Gottschalk, Tom Hallet, Eric Hattan (with Silvia Bächli, Rut Himmelsbach, Guido Nussbaum, Hannah Villiger and Anna Winteler), Dorothy Iannone and Sarah Pucci, Youri Johnson, Edit Oderbolz, Hatice Pinarbaşi (with Aram Abbas, Zahna Siham Benamor, Hugo Ferretto and Elif Pinarbaşi), Marthe Ramm Fortun, Marnie Slater (with Robin Brettar, Matilda Cobanli, Judith Geerts, Jessica Gysel, Katja Mater and Clare Noonan) and Sarah Tritz.

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