Before BanksY: Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Friday, 12 October 2012

12.30 – 14.00, Research Forum South Room

drawing of man dragging another dead one through a doorway, image pasted on street wall
Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Épidémies (Epidemics), 1990. Courtesy of the  artist.

Speaker(s): Ernest Pignon-Ernest (artist)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Jacopo Galimberti with Professor Sarah Wilson (The Courtauld Institute of Art)

Ernest Pignon-Ernest (b. 1942, Nice) lives and works in Paris. Since the mid-1960s – through May '68 and after – he has pasted provocative images onto walls and in urban spaces: “...I try to understand whatever is visible – what happens: space, light, colours...but at the same time I attempt to perceive the invisible or no longer visible: history, hidden memories and symbolic dimensions… I interpose a fictional element, an image, into a real place.....which aims both to transform this place into an artistic space and to work on its memory: revealing, disrupting, perturbing, exacerbating...”

The key forerunner of Banksy in Britain, Ernest Pignon-Ernest is one of the few living artists who appeals not only to artists and art critics, but to the general public. Yet despite his fame in France, he is unknown in the English-speaking world. This event is a unique opportunity to meet the artist in person and discover his work, which asks questions about art institutions, art history and not least, politics. Jacopo Galimberti will provide a short introduction to Ernest Pignon-Ernest's art practice, which will be followed by a Q & A with the artist.

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