The Shyness of the Crowns, curated by Beatriz Alonso (Madrid, 1981), was the winning Project in the most recent call of the MARCO/FRAC Lorraine/SFKM Award for Young Curators 2016. From the very beginning, this award gives participants the opportunity to submit a topic of research and reflection which is of personal interest, and the possibility to bring it to fruition in the three organizing venues at the MARCO, the FRAC Lorraine (Fonds régional d'art contemporain de Lorraine), Metz, France, and the SFKM (Sogn og Fjordane Kunstmuseum), Førde, Norway.
Following its first display from March 17 to June 4 at FRAC Lorraine, Metz, the exhibition arrives at MARCO in the form of a second chapter or version of the show, since it has been adapted to the Museum first-floor galleries, and including specific features in the way in which some of the works are displayed.
Crown shyness is a natural phenomenon consisting of ach tree limiting the growth of its crown, making harmony possible in the forest canopy that enables species to coexist non-competitively. Taking this scientific fact and its connotations as a starting point, this proposal poses a reflection about our contemporary society, bringing the works by eleven artists together, each of them coming from different origins. Through the use of a variety of formats — video, installation, photographs, performance, screenings — they sometimes document and record previous actions always on the same leitmotif.
The poetical observation of this collective intelligence, of this concern for the common good, brings us a dialogue with our contemporaneous existence and remind us of the urgent need to take action — as members of a society — with a view to creating new heterogeneous scenarios for everyday co-existence through our otherness and differences.
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