This exhibition project in the main space of CAPC Bordeaux, was a collaboration between Musée d’art Contemporain de Bordeaux and the Van Abbemuseum in Einhoven, as part of ‘EVENTO’, directed by Michelangelo Pistoletto. The title of the exhibition comes from a description of a breakdown in society that was delivered by Homi Bhabha in 2007. For him, ‘’Strange and Close’’ is a way to understand the essential aspect of being neighbors. The title also offers a way to think about the relationships between the viewers and the artworks, as objects of the gaze. Overwhelmed by the enormous space at CAPC we introduced a single physical element – a generic ‘baseball fence” painted black which gently and efficiently directed the public through the space. Using these almost transparent barriers / partitions we could avoid the mistake of ‘designing’ such space, while make a gentle reference to the condition of neighboring and seperating.
Curators: Charles Esche, Galit Eilat