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Jean Genet, Act 1 & Act 2

This exhibition, inspired by the life and work of Jean Genet, took place, as two parallel parts, between 16 July and 2nd October 2011.

Act 1 was subtitled ‘Marc Camille Chaimowicz, Jean Genet...the Courtesy of Objects’. New works by Chaimowicz (film, slide projection and sculpture) evoked the early Genet, the orphan, thief, prisoner, army deserter, vagabond and prostitute who turned brutal experience into sexually fevered poetry. Featured guests within Chaimowicz‘s ornate environments included Alberto Giacometti, Tariq Alvi, Lukas Duwenhogger, Mathilde Rachet, and Wolfgang Tillmans.

Act 2 was subtitled Prisoners of Love and reflected Genet’s later life, particularly as an advocate for the Black Panther Party and of the Palestinian cause. The artists represented within Act 2 were André Acquart, Emory Douglas, Latifa Echakhch, Mona Hatoum, Glenn Ligon, Abdul Hay Mosallam, The Otolith Group, Lili Reynaud-Dewar, Carole Roussopoulos, Gil J Wolman, and Akram Zaatari . Art works included a major new commission by Lili Reynaud-Dewar, a film set in a Palestinian refugee camp by the Otolith Group, and the murals of Emory Douglas, Culture Minister of the Black Panther Party.

The exhibition was supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Institut Francais, Fluxus, Hiscox, The Henry Moore Foundation, Norfolk and Norwich Festival 11, Norwich University College of the Arts and Plus Tate. 

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