In April 2017, GCA Gallery opened a new venue in Paris in a 100 square meters’ space. Located in the Bibliothèque François Mitterrand district in the 13th arrondissement, this Parisian gallery is anchored in an environment full of cultural effervescence with the nearby university as well as the project of street art museum “Street Art 13”.
Opening on June 9h GCA Gallery will present ‘Humanity’ a show by French artist KURAR In the presence of the artist during the opening night.
Kurar grew up in a furiously fast-changing world. A natural inspiration for a work that takes a kind yet critical look at the failings of a society advancing too fast perhaps, or one dominated by increasingly strained social and political tensions.
Our daily life is rich. The stream of ever faster images, ever more intense events that have become part of everyday life and a globalization that now appears irreversible in every sense. A source of observation that Kurar dissects in meticulous work that evolves in parallel with our everyday existence.
It is because we have to know where we come from, in order to understand the present and guide our future, that Kurar’s aesthetics use the gentleness of images of a childhood at the start of the last century. This gentleness provides a powerful contrast to the crude images of a present social reality that would have been unimaginable 100 years ago.
Although the start of the 20th century was to change the world, its children could still preserve a certain innocence and freedom, and believe in their dreams for a better future.
Is it because our generation is subdued by the injustices we can no longer put right, or is it because the media force on us a narrower vision of a better future that Kumar felt the need to create Humanity?
Be that as it may, Humanity brings us contrasts that mirror freedoms given or taken away and the price(s) of life in a world that has implacably stamped its pace on us.
Kurar leaves us a clear field.
A field where we can reclaim our critical faculty, to understand what we were and to what we belong. He proposes that we reflect on where our society is heading, through images that are there not just to shake us up, but to make us understand that our freedom to dream exists, and from those dreams we can once again change our world.
The world of a century ago is no more. What world will it be in a hundred years?
“Humanity” is a direction, it is up to us to make it a path.
– Cédric Godin
KURAR, French artist, joined the world of graffiti in the late 1990s. For 10 years, he painted and worked on 3D, volume, and color.
Over time and experiments he diversifies his techniques, finally concentrating on stencil. Through his paintings, this committed street-artist deals with topical subjects and pushes us to step back on our vision of society by offering his so identificable artistic and aesthetic point of view.
By mixing ancient characters and contemporary details, KURAR approaches with poetry, humor and provocation, sensitive themes like war, religion, and consumer society. The use and representation of childhood, is a recurrent point constituting one of the artist’s signatures.
KURAR brilliantly uses this symbol of innocence to mark the contrast with the satirical and provocative scope of his representations. Since his rise in 2013, marked by an individual exhibition at the Parisian Onega Gallery, KURAR’s work is shown and supported in international galleries: New York, Los Angeles, Geneva, Düsseldorf, Brussels, Berlin, Paris.
These works, tinged with black humor, nostalgia and poetry, serve to deepen the messages he transmits without hurting our sensitivity.
« Humanity », Exhibition from June 10th until July 22nd 2017
Opening and presentation of the catalogue, Friday June 9th 2017 at 6pm – 9pm