I went to this exhibition about art and political protest yesterday at the wonderful Jeu de Paume, on the edge of Tuileries Gardens and Place de la Concorde in Paris; the square that was renamed Place de la Révolution and saw the execution by guillotine of King Louis XVI on the 21st January 1793 - and later his wife, Marie-Antoinette, among others - to cheering crowds of onlookers. Post-revolution, the square was renamed after the murdered King and then following the 1830 revolution it became known as the Place de la Concorde.
This exhibition, which ends on the 15th January cleverly combines photographic journalism, with conceptual art; historic artefacts (for example, the written notes by Victor Hugo from 1855 against the death penalty; or on the anniversary of the 1848 revolution, written in exile; or the first known photographic image of an uprising or political event, the Barricade at Saint-Maur Popincourt, published in 1848) and sketches by Miro, for instance.
Much of it impressed and touched me, while I also noted how intelligently the work was put together in spaces linked by captions (Les murs prennent le parole/The walls speak up) and at one point linked by colour, but the murky, green video by Argentine artist Hugo Aveta in his work called 'Ritmos Primarios, la subversion del Alma' (Basic rhythms: subversion of the soul) from 2014 really struck me.
Included below is an image from the series, which is based on photographs of 2001 protests in Buenos Aires, as Adriana Almada writes in her article on the work: