The 16th Lyon Biennale: manifesto of fragility positions fragility at the heart of a generative form of resistance that is emboldened by the past, responsive to the present and primed for the future. Conceived as a collective statement, authored through word, image, sound and movement, it calls on a community of resilient voices to draft a manifesto for a world that is blamelessly fragile. The Biennale is structured around three distinct yet inter-connected layers, where fragility and resistance are explored through the lens of the individual, the city, and the world respectively.

(Re)Discover The 16th Lyon Biennale through its three catalogues: The Many Lives and Deaths of Louise Brunet, Beirut and the Golden Sixties and A World of Endless Promise. Available in our bookshop or online!

manifesto of fragility : Guide

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With the complete guide to lead your visit, immerse yourself in the 16th Biennale of contemporary art.

→ Available in the Bookshop in the Fagor Factories and the macLYON.

edited by Sam Bardaouil, Till Fellrath

français/anglais
21 x 15 cm
368 pages
Paperback
15 €

The Many Lives and Deaths of Louise Brunet

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The Many Lives and Deaths of Louise Brunet departs from the obscure life of Louise Brunet, who was sent to prison for her role in the 1834 revolt of Lyon’s silk weavers, only to find herself a few years later on a perilous journey from Lyon to the silk factories of Mount Lebanon. Almost two hundred years later, there are countless Louise Brunets around the world who continue to be depleted by the skewed power structures that exploit them.

Through blurring the boundaries between fact and fiction, and in amassing a wide plethora of artworks, objects, and archives spanning two millennia, the exhibition brings to light those who have been deemed far too insignificant for the grand annals of history, and whose stories have been swept into the far corners of oblivion.

→ Available in the Bookshop in the Fagor Factories and the macLYON.
→ Available online in Silvana Editoriale mid November 2022.

edited by Sam Bardaouil, Till Fellrath

English and French
22 x 26 cm
240 pages
200 ill.
hardcover
34 €

Beirut and the Golden Sixties

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Beirut and the Golden Sixties revisits a turbulent chapter in the development of modernism in Beirut beginning with the 1958 Lebanon crisis and ending with the 1975 outbreak of the Lebanese Civil War. Through 230 works by 34 artists and more than 300 archival documents, the exhibition examines this romanticized era of global influence in Beirut to highlight how collisions between art, culture and polarised political ideologies turned the Beirut art scene into a microcosm for larger trans-regional tensions.

As a city that is arguably in and of itself a manifesto of fragility, Beirut continues to evoke both vulnerability and determination – or at least traces of it – and conjure forms of resistance, called forth by the urgency of the moment and the desire to be remembered.

→ Available in the Bookshop in the Fagor Factories and the macLYON.
→ Available online in Silvana Editoriale.

edited by Sam Bardaouil, Till Fellrath

English and French
22 x 26 cm
272 pages
280 ill.
hardcover
38 €

A World of Endless Promise

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A World of Endless Promise assembles a host of creative practices by 88 artists from 39 countries that are spread across twelve locations spanning several centuries of Lyon’s rich history. Whether through the issues they tackle, or the materials they use, these artists’ diverse approaches represent varied understandings of our current state of global uncertainty and has the potential to inform our thinking about generative paths of resistance. In recognizing that artists, past and present, are often among the most vulnerable voices in our societies, the exhibition also brings together works of art and objects spanning millennia that bare their scars and deformities, share forgotten accounts of turmoil, and draw attention to the indelible traces of time. And it is exactly there, at the heart of their fragility, that the promise of a truly changed world begins.

→ Available in the Bookshop in the Fagor Factories and the macLYON in December 2022.
→ Available online in Silvana Editoriale in December 2022

edited by Sam Bardaouil, Till Fellrath

English and French
22 x 26 cm
496 pages
300 ill.
hardcover
65 €