February 6th - March 4th, 2017
Opening ceremony : February 6th, 6pm
Discussion with Dana Wyse: February 6th, 4pm
Since 1997, Dana Wyse launches her operations through her front pharmaceutical company Jesus Had A Sister Productions. In her workshop, she produces pills and remedies that promise to realize our deepest dreams, as any good dealer would. Sold at an affordable price, these miraculous solutions can be found in museum shops, supermarkets and online.
The industrial-like production and the mass-commercialization of these "products" question the artist's social position and the value of this artwork. The artistic company Jesus Had A Sister Productions integrates art to the everyday reality of economic life. Using business language, the company looks at social stereotypes, norms, models and thought processes.
In the exhibition, Dana Wyse presents a selection of eighteen photographs assorted two-by-two. Other pills are also displayed in their original packaging in a showcase.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the company, the artist will distribute 100 free pills during the opening ceremony.
The exhibition is organized in collaboration with the national non-profit France-Canada which will also display events linked to the exhibition within its walls in February.
Born in 1965 in Vancouver, Canada, Dana Wyse is a Canadian writer and visual artist. She is well-known internationally and has had her work exposed all over Canada and Europe. Her pills and remedies are sold in the shops of major museums. In 2007, she published the bestseller How To Turn Your Addiction to Prescription Drugs into a Successful Art Career (Editions du Regard). Dana Wyse is part of the dynamic of the Art&Flux (ACTE) research team.
Artist's website: http://danawyse.aeroplastics.net/
Facebook: Jesus Had A Sister Productions
Sorbonne Artgallery is an initiative of the Art & Flux research team (University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Institut ACTE-CNRS). Sorbonne Artgallery works towards scientific valorization and aims at promoting research-creation.
Sorbonne Artgallery is located at the heart of the Panthéon-Sorbonne Center. Sorbonne Artgallery consists of nine presentation areas for two-dimensional works. It sometimes carries out projects involving the entire Soufflot Gallery, ground floor.
This initiative is supported by the Department of Communication, the Department of Logistics and the Department of International Relations of the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.
It is led in partnership with the Alumni New York Art Program and the MAVIMaster in Arts and Vision.
It is also linked to the Initiative UN Panthéon-Sorbonne.
A catalog is published for each exhibition by the Publications de la Sorbonne.
Yann Toma, Curator
Louise Grout de Beaufort, Coordinator of the Sorbonne Artgallery project
Alexia Antuofermo, Manager of the Alumni NY Art Program Website
Aurélie Herbet, Advisor