In the name of the Father, the Fatherland and the Patriarchy
Núria Güell

06.10—21.12.18

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    Eggplant

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    Graffiti

  • w.n.

    Green marker, 10 × 10 cm

  • Église Notre-Dame-de-Toute-Joie

    w.d. [08.2018]

A woman is doing administrative work, legal research to become a stateless person. Unsuccessfully. Her failure illustrates a certain fixedness of our identity, which is the property of the state. What is this connection that binds us to a nation? Does it have anything to do with love? Traveling in Cuba, the woman, the artist Núria Güell, answers the constant marriage proposals that come her way, offered in order to obtain travel documents for Spain. She puts together a jury of prostitutes to select the happy winner, future husband, and future citizen of Spain. Because prostitutes certainly know something about men. It was in León that Núria Güell interviewed different sex workers in hopes that they would share with her both their knowledge of these clients they take care of every day and their relationship to their masculinity. The ties that bind men, women, and the law, whether divine, secular, or popular law, are ancient, as is seen in the copies of paintings from the religious art of the colonial period now on view at the art center. Young abused women and pimps offer us readings of the works. Yes, the law is central. Because when a woman artist wants to become a mother in Spain, the state makes no plans for her. Here again you have to hunt down and produce an right administrative clause. The embodiment of the law is achieved through these men and women who were able, at one time in their lives, by choice or by obligation, to become armed representatives of the state. From Cuba to Brétigny, Núria Güell observed some, discussed with others, in order to understand their views on this connection, their conception of those different forms of affection and power that are the home country and love. 

Céline Poulin


Güell flirts with the powers that be, joins forces with collaborators who are in on the project, and takes advantage of the privileges offered by the artistic institutions she works with, as well as those she enjoys as a Spaniard and European, to analyze the way in which power structures affect our subjectivity and attempt to change those connections. Güell’s recent solo shows include exhibitions at MUSAC, Léon (Spain) and at Maczul Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Maracaibo (Venezuela) in 2018, the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art and the Project Arts Centre in Dublin in 2016, the Vienna Brut Konzerthaus in 2015, and Salle Zéro in Havana in 2013. She organized a workshop at École Supérieure d'Art et Design •Grenoble •Valence (2016) and works regularly with a number of self-managed art and social centers. Núria Güell is represented by the ADN Gallery in Barcelona.

This exhibition has been carried out in partnership with the Union Locale des Associations d'Anciens Combattants de Plessis-Pâté et de Brétigny-sur-Orge and with Nuit Blanche 2018. Un film de Dieu has been coproduced with Museo Amparo (Puebla, Mexico) and Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo (Mexico D.F, Mexico).

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Agenda

  • Saturday 6 October 2018, 5 pm-10 pm

    Au nom du Père, de la Patrie et du Patriarcat

    Opening

    Güell flirts with the powers that be, joins forces with collaborators who are in on the project, and takes advantage of the privileges offered by the artistic institutions she works with, as well as those she enjoys as a Spaniard and European, to analyze the way in which power structures affect our subjectivity and attempt to change those connections.

    Free Paris-Brétigny shuttle is available by request at reservation@cacbretigny.com. Pick-up at 5 pm at 104 avenue de France, 75013 Paris (the Bibliothèque François Mitterrand metro stop).

  • Every Wednesday, 2.30 pm and 4.30 pm, and by appointment

    “What happened?”

    Practical art workshop

    Something between an investigation and a performance, young and old are invited to play with the interpretation of works by Núria Güell.

    Additional information and reservation: reservation@cacbretigny.com or + 33(0)1 60 85 20 76/78. 

  • Every Wednesday, 2.30 pm and 4.30 pm, and by appointment

    «Lettre d'amour, mour, mour»

    Practical art workshop

    In conjunction with the Núria Güell and Antonio Contador exhibitions, our youngest visitors are invited to make a letter or drawing to give concrete form to the declaration of love they would like to get themselves.

    Additional information and reservation: reservation@cacbretigny.com or + 33(0)1 60 85 20 76/78

  • Thursday, October 11, 2018, 5pm-7pm

    In the name of the Father, the Fatherland and the Patriarchy

    Teacher visits

    Kindergarten, elementary and secondary school teachers are invited to discover the activities we offer for the school public, through a workshop visit of the exhibition followed by a snack.

    Information and registration: reservation@cacbretigny.com +33 (0)1 60 85 20 76/78.

  • Saturday 13 october 2018, 5 pm

    In the name of the Father, the Fatherland and the Patriarchy

    Special opening—Meeting Night

    Invited by the Théâtre Brétigny, the choreographer Julie Nioche has devised different displays and rituals based on meeting the Other. For this event, Núria Güell’s exhibition will be especially open, showing in the field of the visual arts another way of envisioning the relationship to Otherness.

    For public aged twelve and older. Upcoming information on www.theatre-bretigny.fr.

  • Thursday 18 october 2018, 10 am

    In the name of the Father, the Fatherland and the Patriarchy

    Fiac breakfast

    For Fiac (18.10—21.10.18), CAC Brétigny has organized a special breakfast to introduce the Núria Güell show.

    Reservation: reservation@cacbretigny.com or +33 (0)1 60 85 20 76/78.

  • Friday, November 30th, 10 am-7 pm

    The institution at the risk of the Socially engaged practices

    Round-table and presentation of the Co-creation edition

    At the MAC VAL, Musée d'art contemporain du Val-de-Marne, Núria Güell, Marie Preston, Katia Schneller and Simone Frangi, will join the round-table discussion moderated by Céline Poulin as part of “Attention fragile.” At the conclusion of the round table, Co-Creation will be presented with the general editors of the publication on hand as well as a number of the contributors.

    A detailed program is available at macval.fr. For further information or to register for the 30 November professional symposium, see reservation@macval.fr.

  • Saturday, December 8th, 3pm

    «Venus Erotica»

    Feminist jewelry workshop

    The visual artist Nacc will animate a workshop of erotic jewellery modelling. On this occasion, Nacc will present some objects and books from her personal collection in order to discuss and exchange around the representation of the female sex in the art.

    Reservation required: reservation@cacbretigny.com or +33 (0)1 60 85 20 76/78. Places are limited.