A never-before-seen music experience focusing on singing… Here is what Lafayette Anticipations proposes from June 23 to July 24, 2022, with the brand-new exhibition performance created by Lithuanian artist Lina Lapelytè, The Mutes. An exhibition inviting curious people to discover an exclusive music performance, performed by a very special choir… And for good reason: it includes only people who were never musically trained.
An artist who won 2019 Venice Biennale Golden Lion who is “interested in power structures, culture, and contemporary ways of being”, tackling issues related to the ecology, gender, vulnerability, invisibility and alterity. By shaking up codes of musical tradition, Lina Lapelytè’s works “invite us to reconsider certain social constructions and thus rethink the place of the individual in the community”.
Going against the classical canons, the artist uses the voice as a starting point to her experiment and gathers a group of non-professional performers who do not have a musical ear. Through this performance, Lapelytè questions “the notions of harmony and accuracy and, more broadly, the social conventions and norms that lead to difficulties accepting the other”. As for the decorum, a landscape of nettles reinforcing “the symbolic significance of the work, which seeks to undo conceptions of categorizations”.
A choir moving around all along the exhibition, accompanied by a playlist created by the artist and musicians Angharad Davies, Rhodri Davies and John Butcher. As for the lyrics, they are drawn from Sean Ashton’s book Living in A Land, genuine ambivalent self-portrait in which the narrator describes what he has never done before and what he will never do again. A great way to celebrate polyphony… Save the date, friends, shall we?
Dates and Opening Time
From 23 June 2022 to 24 July 2022
9 Rue du Plâtre
75004 Paris 4
Métro ligne 1 et 11 station "Hôtel de Ville", ligne 11 station "Rambuteau"
Ouvert les lundi, mercredi, vendredi, samedi et dimanche de 11h à 19h, et le jeudi de 11h à 21h.