Les rues de Monaco
Horaire : 27, 28, 29 and 30th April 2016
Photo Credit: © Bess Adler
French artist Saâdane Afif, winner of the 2006 Fondation Prince Pierre of Monaco Prize as well as the 2009 Marcel Duchamp Prize, explores the latitude between conceptual art and music. Afif often collaborates with fellow artists, writers or musicians to transpose a conceptual element of his work into their medium, thus opening up authorship to unforeseeable permutations. For his Nuit Blanche project, he invited the Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Wesley Bryon a.k.a. Mount Moon to write a new repertory of songs based on lyrics by Afif. Mount Moon will perform these songs appearing as a street musician – an unusual sight in Monaco – in the days running up to, and throughout the Nuit Blanche, at times and places of his own choosing.
Born in 1970 in France, Saâdane Afif assembles, interprets and combines the widest possible selection of objects to pose questions about our era. He seeks out the assistance of musicians, authors and graphic designers to help him develop his scenarios and interpret his works. His creations oscillate between function and symbol, between art and design, and give rise to displacements of meaning which prompt a reflection on today’s industrial society. Recent solo exhibitions include The Fairytale Recordings, presented at the Schinkel Pavillon in Berlin in 2011, and Anthologie de l’humour noir, created in 2010 for the Centre Pompidou in Paris and presented at MMK Zollamt, Frankfurt am Main, in 2012. Saâdane Afif’s works have been exhibited at OPA in Guadalajara, the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam, the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, Museum Folkwang in Essen and documenta 12 in Kassel.
The artist was awarded the Prince Pierre of Monaco Foundation’s International Prize of Contemporary Art in 2006, the Marcel Duchamp Prize in 2009 and the Meurice Prize in 2015.
Wesley Bryon lives in Brooklyn, NY (USA). His songs are influenced by folk and blues music. A multidisciplinary artist, Bryon is a comic designer, composer and bassist with psychedelic blues group Segopalm.