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"Ominous wires tear up quiet pastoral landscapes. Tragedies unfold where time seems to have stopped, destroying the very possibility of innocence. Forests harbor the darkest secrets and new queer idols arise from the wetlands." 


Text by Lucas Morin for the group show 'Dabbling Duck'.

(August 2019)

Nathanaëlle Herbelin
Julie Herry 

Adrian Mabileau Ebrahimi Tajadod
Samuel Nicolle
Kristoffer Ørum

To mark the end of Badr Ali's year-long residency at Cité internationale des arts, artist Badr Ali joins forces with curator Lucas Morin to extend a modest invitation to six artists. Some crossed the artist's path during his Paris stay, others share formal concerns with him. All make use of humor, some of them in an outwardly childlike manner, others with a much darker tone, to express their concerns, fears, and longings. 


They conjure up swirling knights, 3-D heads, green roses, empty houses, Greek vases, high fences, orange dogs, and ducks dabbling in ponds. Some are naive, others are threatening. Some are intimate and comforting, others echo the cruelest divides of our troubled times. 


Badr Ali invites Lucas Morin (France), a curator working at the intersection of research practices and visual arts. Lucas Morin was Curator at Bétonsalon - Center for Art and Research, Paris, from 2016 through 2019.

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