This project of Collective W, The extraordinary entrances, focuses on the complex situation of Pragovka site from its factory background to its future reconstruction. Using found materials with historical anecdotes encountered at the site, the artists weaved an immersive installation which, as a collective gesture, offers an original approach on the role of Art and artists within urban policies context.
Since 2010, W has been plural: it is a place rooted in the city of Pantin, a suburb of Paris, composed from studios for artists (1st floor) and exhibition space with a monthly programme (ground floor). It is also a collective of artists working in France and abroad. In 2014, the Collective W started Les Entrées Extraordinaires exhibition cycle, a project of collective gestures and productions whose goal is to put in place a collective thought, not turned to the valorisation of personal practices, but instead advocating the construction of a collective practice and experimentation. For the first opus, W worked with an industrial archive (Motobécane) of the Pantin City Hall. During the second and third opus, they produced a scenographic situation (evoking the micro-architectural constructions of Motobécane moulds of the first edition of 2014) to show over 150 art pieces related to archive and memory. The fourth issue that takes place in Prague at the invitation of Pragovka Gallery produces a contextual collective research and exhibition.
Artists: Collectif W – Sylvain Azam, Ana Braga, Fanny Châlot, Judith Espinas, Céline Notheaux, Sophie Lamm, Yannick Langlois, Catherine Radosa, Clément Roche, Giuliana Zefferi, guest Ondřej Homola