As part of the cultural season Liberté! Bordeaux 2019, the CAPC has invited Scottish artist Ruth Ewan for a monographic exhibition in its iconic nave. It Rains, It Rains borrows its title from the folk song ‘Il pleut, il pleut, bergère’ written by the French revolutionary poet, actor and politician Fabre d’Églantine, who is said to have calmly recited the lyrics before his execution in 1794.
Ewan’s project includes the installation Back to the Fields, first shown in 2015 and entirely reconfigured for the purposes of the CAPC, as well as a series of objects based on the French Republican calendar.
Showing 360 objects representing the Republican year – including trees, plants, bones, minerals and tools – Back to the Fields reactivates the rural calendar as a three-dimensional, life-size work.
This exhibition is supported by Fluxus Art Projects, a Franco-British fund for contemporary art.
Ruth Ewan (b. 1980 in Aberdeen, Scotland, lives and works in Glasgow) studied at the Edinburgh College of Art. Her work focuses on social movements and politics, specifically in their relation to time. She is represented by Rob Tufnell Gallery in Cologne and London.
20 June to 22 September
CAPC musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux
7 rue Ferrère
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