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Banlieue is Beautiful / from 16th till 18th May

Banlieue is Beautiful / from 16th till 18th May

On 18/05/2014, from 12h00 to 00h00

For three days the Palais de Tokyo is being filled with the creative energy of the suburbs, spreading, like a breath of wind, into every nook and cranny of the building, and taking on different forms turn by turn. With a rich programme of performances (slam, oratory, dance), video projections, concerts, installations and meetings, devised by the American artist Monte Laster and his association FACE, the goal of Banlieue is beautiful is to decompartmentalize activities, and make new forms emerge.

The suburbs are on view at the Palais de Tokyo from 16-18 May 2014 as part of the festival Banlieue is beautiful. Taken as a participatory Monte Laster work, it gives pride of place to the suburbs, as an inexhaustible source of artistic creation, passionate, plural, fertile and often cheeky. In a period marked by the urban redevelopment of Greater Paris, the Palais de Tokyo intends to create the conditions favourable for the discovery of a complex and demanding art scene, at once near and far. By thus presenting the “state of the sky” of the suburban culture, what is involved is questioning the public about its relation to territories, art, those involved with art, its customs and, more broadly, the socio-cultural context of emergence in its diverse forms.


Monte Laster Born in 1959 in Fort Worth (Texas, USA), he lives and works in La Courneuve. In 1994, Monte Laster set up his studio at Le Moulin Fayvon, at the foot of the Cité des 4000 in la Courneuve. In 2001, he created the association FACE (French-American Creative Exchange) which enables him to undertake a certain number of cooperative projects involving artists with many different activities, the La Courneuve area and its inhabitants, and the rest of the world. From Abondance (2003-2007) with the landscape artist Gilles Clément, to OBA II in 2012 at the Palais de Tokyo and the Louvre, by way of the reception at Le Moulin de Polylogues of Melik Ohanian in 2008, Monte Laster reconfigures art practices by fully integrating in them the notions of participation, exchange, human relations and social context, putting the human factor at the very heart of his approach.