musée d'art contemporain
de Bordeaux


10.03.2016 -> 15.01.2017

Our Ocean, Your Horizon

A Satellite programme 2016

A proposal by Heidi Ballet

Initiated by the Jeu de Paume, in collaboration with the Fondation Nationale des Arts Graphiques et Plastiques, the Satellite programme is co-produced since 2015 with the CAPC musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux, and presented in Paris and Bordeaux.
Proposing four solo exhibitions, this programme is entrusted every year to a different curator. For the 2016 edition, entitled Our Ocean, Your Horizon, the three Partner institutions invited Heidi Ballet, a Belgian independent curator who is based in Berlin.
The exhibitions of the Satellite programme are accompanied by four publications. Each year, the Jeu de Paume and the CAPC musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux call upon independent graphic designers. The visual identity and the four volumes of the Satellite 2016 programme were imagined and conceived by Julie Rousset and Audrey Templier. 


Our Ocean, Your Horizon

A comparison between oceanic and land-based identities, two prisms through which you can see yourself in relation to the world, forms the starting point for the Satellite programme “Our Ocean, Your Horizon”. 
While land-based identity hinges on an inward-looking worldview that is concerned with finite space demarcated by borders and sovereignty, oceanic identity is radically different. An identity associated with “water space” entails a fluid, inclusive, expansive, outward-looking perspective that focuses on horizons and what lies beyond them. From this vantage point, identity is defined by navigation and movement in a reversal of the static interpretation of space.

One of the instigators of oceanic identity, Fiji scholar Epeli Hau’ofa, initiated this reversed vision when he wrote, in 1994, his treatise “A Sea of Islands”, in which he opposes the reductionist territorial view imposed on the Pacific islands that deems the islands too small to be successful. He reintroduced the pre-colonial view of islands as part of an interconnected living space, thereby challenging Western deterministic interpretations that view the ocean as a non-space, a mere lack of land.

Artists Edgardo Aragón, Patrick Bernier & Olive Martin, Guan Xiao and Basim Magdy navigate identities that are not specifically bound to traditional dichotomies of land or water, but which are hybrid or fluid, owing perhaps in part to the internet. This series of four solo exhibitions proposes imagined alternative formations that do not adhere to conventional ideas of restrictive cartography, instead adopting more fluid notions of identity.


Curator: Heidi Ballet


• Guan Xiao
from March 10th to Mai 7th, 2016 

• Patrick Bernier & Olive Martin
from May 21st to September 4th, 2016 

• Edgardo Aragon
from September 15th to November 6th, 2016

• Basim Magdy
from November 17th, 2016 to January 29th, 2017


Heidi Ballet is an independent curator and researcher from Belgium who is based in Berlin.
She is currently preparing a large group exhibition that will open at CAC Vilnius in September 2016. Since 2012 she has been working as a research curator at Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin for the 2013 exhibition “After Year Zero”, a traveling exhibition that moved to the Museum for Modern Art, Warsaw, in 2015. Other recent exhibitions include the 2015 edition of Brussels Cologne Contemporaries and the group exhibition “Let the Body be Electric, Let There be Whistleblowers” (co-curated with Anselm Franke) at Dan Gunn gallery in Berlin in 2014. Heidi Ballet was the assistant curator of the 2012 Taipei Biennial “Modern Monsters/Death and Life of Fiction”.
From 2008 to 2012 she was director of the Jan Mot gallery in Brussels, where she curated the group exhibition “The Encounter” in 2011. In 2014 she participated in the Fondation d’Entreprise Ricard Young Curators Invitational and the Berlin Biennial Young Curators Workshop



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The Satellite programme is co-produced with Jeu de Paume and the Fondation Nationale des Arts Graphiques et Plastiques.

Tje Friends of the CAPC contribute to the production of the artworks in this programme.


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