The call for contributions for the second issue of Faire monde(s), Artist Collectives and Alternative Initiatives, had already been sent out when the editorial board heard that the curatorship for Documenta had been entrusted to an artist collective, the Ruangrupa group. Today, we are wrapping up this second issue, which is very much in tune with current artistic events.
After Patrick Chamoiseau‘s introductory remarks on the essence of art (“Face aux visites de la Beauté”), eleven articles took us from Cuba to Curaçao, from Barbados to Haiti and from Martinique to the Dominican Republic, in search of artist collectives developing innovative initiatives that are part of the social fabric, with the capacity to transform the way art is distributed and taught.
Each sentence of Patrick Chamoiseau‘s text, specially written for Faire Monde(s), invites us to ask questions and meditate on the nature of art, the artist, the critic, the encounter of the work of art and the art lover.
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The collectives’ innovative strategies invite us to look in new ways at the role the artist, the forms of collaboration and distribution, the function of art.
We would be very interested to read your reactions, your suggestions for enriching our inventory of artistic collectives in order to hone the distinction between groups of artists gathered together in an artistic movement and artist collectives. In your view, what impact do artist collectives have on the artistic world? Feel free to add your own comments at the bottom of the page, after this text.