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SAN FRANCISCO–Exhibition Opening: In the Banlieues/Centering the Margin: Oakland/Saint-Denis

August 23 @ 6:00 pm8:00 pm

A person with their head wrapped in a cloth and wearing a leopard print looks to the side. On the right is a black and white illustration.

SAN FRANCISCO–The SPUR exhibition opening will feature a diverse group of speakers, performances, and an opportunity to connect with the artists and one another. The first in a series of international exhibitions focused on the margins and suburbs of France and the United States, “In the Banlieues/Centering the Margin: Oakland/Saint-Denis” is presented during Summer 2022 in Paris, Saint-Denis, San Francisco and Oakland. Whatever you call them – banlieues, peripheries, suburbs – this exhibition highlights the symbolic pivot from the center to the periphery. Artistic movements, social struggles, urban innovations: Oakland, California and Saint-Denis, France are today exerting their influence and inventing solutions to the challenges posed by inequity and the rapid urban development of metropolitan areas.

“Bringing together a hybrid corpus of images, archives, models, paintings, artistic installations, objects, and videos, this exhibition explores cultural and inhabitant practices in urban planning. They are composed of places, people, and stories, drawings – far from clichés – portraits of composite urban areas on the peripheries. There is an urgency, today, to recognize and understand the day-to-day experiences of those who live, work and create in our cities.” – June Grant and Laure Gayet, co-curators of the exhibition


The exhibition is co-produced by Villa Albertine in San Francisco and California Humanities; in partnership with SPUR (San Francisco), Oakstop (Oakland), Pavillon de l’Arsenal (Paris), Maison des Sciences de l’Homme Paris Nord (Saint-Denis); with the support of the foundation 836M, Art Explora Foundation, the Institut Français, Bank of the West; in collaboration with the cities of Oakland and Saint-Denis, Périféeries and with the participation of ARTE. 

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Image: Photograph of Reine Ruthza by Sophie Comtet Kouyaté (left) PAST PRESENT FUTURE by Oakland International Media Academy (right).


August 23
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


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San Francisco, CA 94105 United States
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