The exhibition City Prince/sses presented at Palais de Tokyo PARIS FRANCE is presented as an imaginary, multiple and complex city, without borders, messy, staggering and creative: an unpredictable laboratory, which is always in motion and being (re)constructed. Visual artists, creators, fashion designers, experimenters, tattooists, musicians: a good fifty artists are presented without any geographical grouping, mostly via new productions and in situ interventions.
DHAKA, LAGOS, MANILA, MEXICO CITY and TEHRAN are expressions of a tissue of contradictions, as seen in their saturated traffic which coexists with digital networks which supposedly work fluidly. Quite clearly, these megacities are very different from one another. Their cultural, political and social singularities teem with numerous narratives which are all side-tracks providing glimpses into their identities, devoid of anything that could be univocal.
Between skyscrappers and huts, emergency and patience, the megalopolis are knowing a caotic expansion, mixing up capital transfer with technologic conections in financial centers, which generates uban margins full of unequalities. This vast disorganized movement transforms the cities in an infinite artwork, facilitating the drifting of imaginations. The emerging artists are therefore the XXI st century flaneur, the urban medium responses' hackers, which too often tend to be functional and standardized.
Young fashion designer, Bárbara Sánchez- Kane conceives collections for men allying sexuality and politics. Her clothing is marked by the concept of mexicanity, meaning the assertion for precolombine roots. They answer to a chaotic present, refusing the oppositions between natural and artificial, beautiful and ugly, valuing the macho sentimental figure, genderless.