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Jeremy Demester

Gros-Câlin (solo show)
Fondation Zinsou, Ouidah
10 January – June 2021

Installation view: Fondation Zinsou, Ouidah, 2021, photo: Claudia Lederer, courtesy of the artist and Fondation Zinsou
Installation view: Fondation Zinsou, Ouidah, 2021, photo: Claudia Lederer, courtesy of the artist and Fondation Zinsou

Five years ago, Jeremy Demester set foot on Ouidah’s red ground for the first time.

After gathering and studying numerous oral myths from the Tzigane community, he started this journey to Vaudoo’s birthplace to understand the imaginative power linking Vodun society to the travelling people.

His pictorial work is devoted to recomposing a language of sensitive and simple forms which reveal a profoundly human substance and instinctive movements, like the composite representations we call fetishes. Object, image, animal or person; the fetish is a creative vector through the progressive abstraction of itself. For the artist: “the construction of a fetish is not only part of Benin endogenous cults, it is found in all civilisations”; according to him, it is “the key to integration and intellectualisation of the invisible into the visible in one object”.

Gros-Câlin (Big hug) is an ensemble of twenty artworks named after a book by Romain Gary (Émile Ajar). The exhibition gathers and puts in order the visions of an artist who gives a central place to intuition in his work, viewing this faculty as a mental technology which the modern man is barely experimenting.

The Foundation Zinsou Museum is, according to Jeremy Demester, a true heterotopia, “between illusion and perfection, time appears as ‘other’, it is an island where any reality can be reborn”.

Musée de la Fondation Zinsou


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RESONANCES (group show)
Fondation Opale, Lens
14 June 2020 – 4 April 2021

Image: Jeremy Demester, Le retable de Weidingen, aka la fille du Diable, 2018. Photo: def image
Image: Jeremy Demester, Le retable de Weidingen, aka la fille du Diable, 2018. Photo: def image

Contemporary Aboriginal artists will meet their counterparts from the international scene for the new exhibition entitled RESONANCES, dialogue between the collections of the two sisters Bérengère and Garance Primat. With more than 90 works of around 50 artists from all over the world, it follows BEFORE TIME BEGAN that introduced the origins of contemporary Aboriginal art.

RESONANCES explore the fundamental theme of human’s place in the universe through a journey in five chapters. The walls are black, ochre and red: the shades of the Australian desert. Visitors set their steps right into a night of times immemorial, when the primordial Being was buried deeply underground. Then they will discover the Tales of the earth and the skies, followed by the Power of transformation. Further down the journey, the Secrets of Mother Earth and The Origins are revealed, as the light of the day will finally unveil the First Being.

Fondation Opale