Number Three. From home to the factory. Works from the Centre national des arts plastiques, France

31.05.2012 - 30.09.2012

The exhibition aims to update the forms, ideas and figures invented by Jean-Luc Godard in his film Numéro deux, made with Anne-Marie Miéville in 1975, by rethinking the fusion between home and the factory that underpins the original images in this film. In Numéro deux, which shows the domestic life of three generations of a working-class family in a council flat, Godard sought to “think of the home in terms of the factory” and even identified the figure of the mother with the landscape and the father with the factory, in a daring reiteration of the pictorial dialectic between form and content. Today, even though the factory is still present in the landscape, it now stands empty, its business offshored and its machines used by other workers elsewhere, wherever the market has decided to ship them in pieces on huge container ships.

The layout of the exhibition offers different approaches to the ever-repeated journey from home to the factory, from private life to work, on a journey across the city through contemporary representations of domestic life, built landscapes, gestures of love and work. Meanwhile, the structures of the partner, family, economy and society have evolved greatly and the problems revealed in Numéro deux have become more acute and taken on new forms with the impact of globalisation.

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CURATORS: Pascal Beausse, head of the photography collection at the CNAP, and Pascale Cassagnau, head of the audiovisual and multimedia collection at the CNAP

  • Robert Adams. Sèrie Our Lives and our Children (Nuestra vida y nuestros hijos), 1978-1981. FNAC 90403(63). Centre national des arts plastiques. © D.R./CNA
  • Allan Sekula. Untitled Slide sequence printed version (Secuencia de diapositivas sin título, versión impresa), 1972, # 5. FNAC 991080. Centre national des arts plastiques. © D.R./CNAP
  • Allan Sekula. Untitled Slide Sequence (Secuencia de diapositivas sin título), 1972. Centre national des arts plastiques. FNAC 991080. © D.R./CNAP
  • Robert Adams. Our Lives and our Children (Nuestra vida y nuestros hijos), 1978-1981. Centre national des arts plastiques. FNAC 90403. © D.R./CNAP
  • Yves Bélorgey. Tours Fleurs (Quartier Picasso) (Tours Fleurs - Barrio Picasso), también conocidas como torres Nube o torres Aillaud. Arquitecto: Emile Aillaud. Construcción: 1970-1978, avenida Pablo Picasso, Nanterre, junio-agosto de 2010. Centre national des arts plastiques. FNAC 2011-068. © Yves Bélorgey/CNAP. Foto: Galerie Xippas
  • Claire Chevrier. Leeds, 1995. Centre national des arts plastiques. FNAC 96604. © ADAGP/CNAP
  • Darren Almond Bearing, 2007. Vídeo FNAC 2011-565. Centre national des arts plastiques
  • Guillaume Janot. Sin título (La China), 2000. FNAC 02-990. Centre national des arts plastiques. © D.R./CNA
  • Valérie Jouve. (Sin título), 1991-1995. Centre national des arts plastiques. FNAC 96308. © ADAGP/CNAP
  • Jean-Luc Moulene. Contact (Contacto), 1984-1985. Centre national des arts plastiques. FNAC 91574. © Adagp
  • Marc Pataut. Saint-Denis - Grand Stade – Cornillon nord, 1994-1995. FNAC 980136. Centre national des arts plastiques. © Adagp/CNAP
  • Paola Salerno. Sin título (Giovanna), 2000. De la serie Calabre, 1995-1999. Centre national des arts plastiques. FNAC 2000-307