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Artist book presentation

Facing Hiroshima
With Philippe Forest and Marie-Ange Guilleminot

Monday 19 February 2007
At Institut Français, London
7.30 pm / In French and in English / Library

Hiroshima is like a nakedly exposed wound inflicted on all mankind. Like all wounds, this one also poses two potential outcomes: the hope of human recovery, and the danger of fatal corruption.
Kenzaburo Oe

Like Auschwitz, Hiroshima is a manifestation of extreme nihilism : a world whose meaning is no more was wiped out by a combination of technical omnipotence and barbarous war.
Philippe Forest

With its title inspired by Marguerite Duras’ Hiroshima mon amour, was first an exhibition of work by French artist Marie-Ange Guilleminot at the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art in 2005.
It then became a book with a foreword by French writer Philippe Forest. Both he and Marie-Ange will be present to discuss the way they confront through their work the unspeakable tragedy of the 1945 nuclear bombings.

Born in 1960, Marie-Ange Guilleminot is an internationally-renowned Paris-based visual artist. She has exhibited all over the world and her most recent work is spanly influenced by her encounter with Japan and Hiroshima.
Born in 1962, Philippe Forest is the author of numerous essays on art and litterature, and of three highly acclaimed novels : L’enfant éternel (Prix Femina for first novel, 1997), Toute la nuit (1999) and Sarinagara (Prix December, 2004). His most recent book, Tous les enfants sauf un, has just been published by Gallimard.

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