Interview of François Pannier, the curator of the exhibition Shamanism
ICI: how did you meet ICI
F. P.: My encounter with ICI? Little flashbackback. During the exhibition on masks of the Himalayas at the foundation De Wattevilles in Martigny, Olivier (Perpoint) and Anna (segarra) made the trip. The documentary movie « Bhutan a small world pocessed by the sky » by Ludovic Segarra was offered to be put on sale for the visitors. Naturally at the occasion of the exhibition of masks from the Himalayas at Durand-Dessert, curated by myself, I reconnected with Olivier (Perpoint) to show the movie on a screen in the entrance and DVDs to be on sale. After few meetings with Olivier, he shared with me his plans in Venice that raised my interrest and hence i agreed to be part of it.
ICI: why Shamanism?
F.P.: My choice went to Shamanism as a test in a room that I barely knew. It seemed more abvious to me. On top the size of the exhibited objects would make simplier the transport, the insurance comparing to mask etc … In people minds Shamanism is more meaning full than of musical instruments such as Santal. For the launch of a newly created place, unknown to the public, it looked wiser to me.
ICI: your relationship with Dynamorph?
F.P.: when Olivier (Perpoint) introduced the project to me i found it interesting without fully understanding the process. But Olivier (Perpoint) has an extensive experience in event organization and a good taste as well. So it was a « no problem ». I would not say that the implementation of Dynamorph was done in good condition, of course not. Everyone agreed on that I think. I have not seen the installation completed. But according to the photos i saw, I must must admit that the result seems quite amazing in respect of the original idea of combining ethnographic art and architectural project.
ICI: Art is ethnographic and contemporary art can go together?
F.P.: Of course contemporary and tribal art are quite good household. One has only to look at the countless renowned artists who have combined both such as Arman, Tapies … And great collectors such as Jean-Paul Barbier-Mueller demonstrate, if necessary, the possible harmony that co habitation of these two art forms.
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