Alfred Palestra Book Launch


Sunday, 13.09.2015 at 2pm
at WIELS, Contemporary Art Centre: Avenue Van Volxemlaan 354, 1190 Brussels

Alfred Palestra: Where the crisis of the republic coincides with the birth of Pataphysics (2015)
By Katarina Šević & Tehnica Schweiz (Gergely László & Péter Rákosi)

The artists Katarina Šević and Gergely László (of the duo Tehnica Schweiz) will be in conversation about their new book with its editor Zoë Gray (Senior Curator, WIELS) and publisher Mathieu Renard (LENDROIT éditions, Rennes).

Alfred Palestra emerged from the coincidence of two stories at one location: the Lycée Emile Zola in Rennes, France. This was the site of Alfred Dreyfus’ second trial, which took place shortly after Alfred Jarry had graduated from the same school. The artists imagined a meeting of the two Alfreds, using the books read by Dreyfus in captivity and those listed by Jarry in Dr. Faustroll’s library as a way to explore fundamental themes such as justice, truth, freedom, education, captivity and hope.

Alfred Palestra book
Language: French / English, hard cover, 21,5×15,5 cm
296 Pages

Editor: Zoë Gray
Published by Lendroit éditions
Produced by Les ateliers de Rennes / Art Norac

The book launchen in the framework of Complementary Programme of the WIELS ART BOOK FAIR

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