Fondazione Merz


Bertille Bak. Mineur Mineur


texts by Caroline Bourgeois, Jacopo Chessa, Mohamed El Khatib,
conversation between Caroline Bourgeois and Bertille Bak
pages: 160
published: May 2022
binding: hardback
languages: Italian, French, English
isbn 9788877572905

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The volume documents the project Mineur Mineur of the artist Bertille Bak, winner of the third edition of the Mario Merz Prize, conceived for the Fondazione Merz and curated by Caroline Bourgeois. The artist expresses an art of relationship turned to communities of people more or less aware of their identity characteristics and to those minorities often forgotten or repressed. The title of the exhibition itself refers to the video installation Mineur Mineur (“minor miner”), which addresses the issue of child labor which still today deprives about 152 million children worldwide. Through a fairytale language that uses artifice, Bak offers a contemporary truth made up of tragic destinies, a social story that becomes a sort of memory archive that intertwines the lives of the people met, with the production of a new common imagination. The volume documents the genesis and development of the exhibition, and includes, in addition to the curator’s introduction text, an extensive conversation with the artist and other writings from different disciplinary fields that collect points of reflection on such an important and urgent social issue and on Bertille’s artistic career Bak.