The exhibition will present existing artworks (including severalfromCAPC’s collection) alongside commissioned pieces,as well as documents and objects from Bordeaux’s municipal archives, seeking to problematise the time-span of museums and consider their collections as tangible material history.
Upon arrival, led by Bruno Cahuzac (Maître de conférence), wevisited the incredible carothèque-lithothèque at the Université de Bordeaux in Talence which houses over 30,000 core samples from the subsoil of the Aquitaine basin.
Delving deeper into colonial landscapes and commodities exchange we were glad to revisitthe permanent presentation of the Marcel Chatillon Collection at the Musée d'Aquitaine, which includesan incredible selection of over 600 documents andiconographic representations of slave working conditions, as well as portraits, flora and landscapes from the 17th to the 20th Century.
"In pondering a museum’s memories you seldom think of coffee beans. Yet at CAPC Contemporary Art Museum Bordeaux, burnished nuggets of the past in the form of the seeds of Coffea arabica occasionally materialise, as if out of nowhere. One day one might appear atop a pile of papers on an office desk; weeks later, another bean might show up in the middle of one of the exhibition galleries. A look on top of a shelf in the library might harvest several. During Latitudes’ recent residency at CAPC, François Poisay from the exhibition team showed us the stash he has been squirrelling away in his desk for years."