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associated curator : Matali Crasset.

In 1967, Michel Foucault created the idea of “absolutely other spaces” that he called heterotopias, including those which a child creates in order to reign over a world that is parallel to the one dominated by adults. Contrary to a utopia, a heterotopia indeed acts like a counter-space, a welcoming place for what Harald Szeeman would qualify as an “individual mythology.”

Likewise, such a space also evokes Fernand Deligny’s lines of wandering, Raymond Roussel’s locus solus, or Réné Daumal’s Mount Analogue. The first of which attempts to fix the poetics of wandering in a defined territory, the second describing the enigmas that can populate such a place, and the latter offering a symbolic mental landscape, the climb into which resembles an initiation rite.

In the field of Art Brut, these “inhabitable” worlds – most often “inhabited” – are, paradoxically, the product of those whom we believe to be absent from the world. Whether they invent them or the invest them, these projections not only reterritorialize them, protect them, but at the same time offer their authors the foundation of a new value system; a group of localized rules, turning out to be more viable for the person seeking reprieve from the weight of alienating norms.

These labyrinth-like cites, these Xanadu, these fiefs, these maps, these cartographies transform into dwellings – in the sense used by Etienne Martin – capable, even, of transforming into paradises or likely to become the seat of a personal cosmology. They are fully foundational and we thus understand why Brut artists work, like Rimbaud, “at finding the place and the formula” through them. It should be noted, incidentally, that the familiarity that can be felt in contemplating certain ones – after all, science fiction and modern art have widened our catalogue of forms – is very often nothing more than a happy lure that masks the profound hiatus that keeps us at a distance. Nonetheless, each of the works of these thirty or so artists reveals our inner child, the soul of a builder amazed by his own discoveries, abolishing both time and space, blossoming through play in this otherworld that his imagination uncovers.

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Didier Amblard untitled, 2013
19.69 x 25.59 in
Bruno Buissonnet untitled (the energy of the castle), 2008
32.28 x 70.47 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
Ousseynou Gassama untitled, 2015
7.09 x 2.36 in
Oscar Morales untitled , 1999
8.66 x 12.6 in
John Devlin untitled, n°172 (both sides), 1988
8.66 x 11.02 in
Kostia Botkine untitled, 2017
16.54 x 11.42 in
portrait de didier amblard - © christian berst — art brut
Didier Amblard
jacqueline b, 1960. - © christian berst — art brut
Jacqueline B
portrait of giovanni bosco - © christian berst — art brut
Giovanni Bosco
Kostia Botkine - © La S grand Atelier, christian berst — art brut
Kostia Botkine
bruno buissonnet - © christian berst — art brut
Bruno Buissonnet
portrait of john devlin - © christian berst — art brut
John Devlin
Sebastián Ferreira - © christian berst — art brut
Sebastián Ferreira
johann fischer - © Johann Feilacher, christian berst — art brut
Johann Fischer
portrait of pepe gaitàn - © christian berst — art brut
Pepe Gaitán
Alexandro Garcia - © christian berst — art brut
Alexandro Garcia
Ousseynou Gassama - © christian berst — art brut
Ousseynou Gassama
Anton Hirschfeld - © christian berst — art brut
Anton Hirschfeld
josef hofer drawing - © © florian moser, christian berst — art brut
Josef Hofer
portrait of oscar morales - © christian berst — art brut
Oscar Morales
Albert Moser - © christian berst — art brut
Albert Moser
heinrich reisenbauer - © gugging gallery, christian berst — art brut
Heinrich Reisenbauer
Royal Robertson - © christian berst — art brut
Royal Robertson
Patrick Siegl - © christian berst art brut, christian berst — art brut
Patrick Siegl
leopold strobl, gugging - © marco prenninger, christian berst — art brut
Leopold Strobl
portrait of oswald tschirtner - © © gugging, christian berst — art brut
Oswald Tschirtner
Pépé Vignes, *untitled*, circa 1975. coloured pencil and ballpoint pen on paper, 9.69 x 12.4 in - © ©christian berst art brut, christian berst — art brut
Joseph Vignes
august walla - © mario del curto, christian berst — art brut
August Walla
Heterotopia architectural dwellings
Catalogue published to mark the exhibition *Heterotopias : architectural dwellings*, christian berst art brut, Paris, 2018. - © christian berst — art brut

Preface : Matali Crasset
Foreword : Christian Berst
Catalog published to mark the exhibition Heterotopias : architectural dwellings, from December 9th, 2017 to January 20th, 2018.

Press review
hétérotopies : architectures habitées
La Rédaction, Revue Sur-mesure. January 18, 2018.
hétérotopies : architectures habitées
La Rédaction, Connaissance Des Arts. January 8, 2018.
hétérotopies : architectures habitées
Bénédicte Philippe, Télérama Sortir. January 8, 2018.
hétérotopies architectures habitées
Chris Cyrille, Artpress. January 8, 2018.
hétérotopies architectures habitées
Chris Cyrille, Point Contemporain. January 8, 2018.
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hétérotopies : architectures habitées
La Rédaction, Arts Hebdo Medias. January 3, 2018.
hétérotopies : architectures habitées
La Rédaction, Mutual Art. January 3, 2018.

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