musée d'art contemporain
de Bordeaux

Exhibition // Satellite 2019 : "The New Sanctuary" //

08.03.2019 -> 19.05.2019

Julie Béna

Anna & the Jester in "Window of Opportunity"

This exhibition is part of the exhibition cycle
The New Sanctuary, curated by Laura Herman for the Satellite programme 2019.



Anna & the Jester in Window of Opportunity

The opening exhibition of Satellite 2019 by French artist Julie Béna presents a sculpture (Flexibility, 2015) and a new film (Anna & the Jester in Window of Opportunity, 2019), which, through storytelling and the use of animation, brings to life characters that otherwise would remain anonymous and inanimate.

Adopting the form of an architectural tale, the film narrates the curious encounter between a series of characters – Anna & the Jester, Opportunity and three babies – both existing and imagined, while unsettling the distinction between virtual and real. Through the glass and tubular steel legs of Opportunity, a transparent, corporate office table, the tale’s protagonists, Anna and the Jester, freely travel from one scene to the next.


Julie Béna (born 1982, France) lives and works in Paris and Prague. She is a graduate of the Villa Arson in Nice. She participated in an exchange program at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam.
In 2018, she was nominated for the AWARE prize for women artists. Her work has recently been exhibited at the Biennale de Rennes; Chapter, New York; the Galerie Joseph Tang, Paris; FUSED Space, San Francisco; Mathew, New York; and BOZAR, Brussels.
Recent institutional performances have taken place at the Fondation Ricard and Palais de Tokyo, Paris; CAC Brétigny; MRAC, Sérignan; Independant, Brussels; M Louvain; ICA and Delfina Foundation, London and Kadist Foundation, San Francisco.
Béna has just produced the end of her project Have you seen Pantopon Rose? at Centre Pompidou, Paris.
In 2019, her work will be presented in Paris, Prague, New York and London.


Each year, the
Satellite Programme is entrusted to an independent curator, charged with designing and organizing a cycle of exhibitions. For this edition of this programme, the Jeu de Paume, the CAPC musée d’art contemporain and the Museo Amparo, continue their partnership to co-produce the three exhibitions presented at Paris, Bordeaux and Puebla (Mexico).

Each exhibition of this programme is accompanied by a publication. Independent graphic designers are invited to create the visual identity of the catalogues associated with each programme of exhibitions. The graphic design for Satellite 2019 has been conceived by Groupe CCC.


Satellite 2019: The New Sanctuary
How does space determine the way we feel? Predicated on a sense of a threatening and hostile environment, one of the basic definitions of architecture is the provision of shelter and comfort for the human body. The common idea of dwelling as “surrogate skin” stems from Gottfried Semper, who described the animal pen, made of woven skins and leaves, as the origin of architectural “private” space.

Today, this understanding of architecture as an enveloping spatiality, the modern desire to provide a place of refuge, no longer holds. Social, technological, demographic and environmental change has increasingly led to the management of the environment, the standardisation of lifestyles, the displacement of people due to conflict, persecution and gentrification, the surveillance of “private” sites of living, and ultimately the negligence of the body and the senses.

Designing spaces of belonging or fostering safe and hospitable environments remains one of the biggest issues in contemporary architecture. If we are to reconsider architecture as the meeting point between different cultural references, practices, rituals, desires and needs, how do we imagine a sanctuary space for today’s world? The New Sanctuary proposes newly commissioned works by Julie Béna, Ben Thorp Brown and Daisuke Kosugi, who from the perspective of their individual practices, consider the capacity of the designed environment to host, care and engage with different bodies and the senses. The three exhibitions in this series bring no simple stories of architecture but underline the complexity of ever-changing ideas about how we (are) live(d).

Curator: Laura Herman



Anna & the Jester in Window of Opportunity

Parution date: February 2019
Softcover, 15 x 21 cm 
64 pages, 7 colour ill.
Bilingual French/English
Graphic design: Groupe CCC
Co-edition: Jeu de Paume; CAPC musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux; Museo Amparo, Puebla.
ISBN : 978-2-87721-245-8

Price: 14€

E-pub version
ISBN : 978-2-915704-86-0
Price: 6,99€


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Exhibtion co-produced by the Jeu de Paume, the CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux and the Museo Amparo, Puebla, Mexico.

This project was selected and supported by the Fondation Nationale des Arts Graphiques et Plastiques.

The Friends of the Jeu de Paume and the Friends of the CAPC contribute to the production of artworks and the publications for the Satellite Programme.



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