SESSIONS is both a set of exhibitions and a series of events which intention isn’t connected to a defined curatorial theme but rather linked to a reflection on the emergence of new voices from contemporary art galleries, based on dialogue and collaboration.
For this third part of SESSIONS, we’ve chosen to show works by the Canadian John Devlin.
With the current situation of dematerialization and spectacularization of the market, of the art fairs’ omnipresence, of the auction houses and big trading names, of individualism and competition, SESSIONS wishes to be a collaborative and convivial event, in order to develop a sustained dialogue between art dealers but also with the other actors of the art world.
These SESSIONS are developed in four thematic exhibitions. the galleries invite you to discover a vast panel of the contemporary creation during four successive evenings and numerous events, with a spirit of sharing and meeting.
John Devlin was only 25 years old when he left Canada to study theology at Cambridge and set himself on the path to priesthood. Although he adored Cambridge, he had to return and abandon his ecclesiastical dreams because of a psychotic disorder. He thus devoted his life to drawing his own Nova Cantabrigiensis, an idealized Cambridge that became both a symbolic projection and a healing protocol. Once his great work - developed in secret - was discovered in the late 1980s, he was the subject of numerous exhibitions and publications including the Rencontres de la Photographie d’Arles for the iconic exhibition Photo Brut.