Initiated in 2008, the Nouement project organized by the Centre d’art contemporain d’Ivry - le Crédac and the Service Retraités de Ville d’Ivry, in partnership with the Centre Médico-Psycho-Pédagogique (CMPP), takes place for the third consecutive year.
The Mecca Nouement recounts this experience developed on the long term. This edition gives a report on these three years of exchanges, complicity, projects built together, and emotion. This book allows us to reflect on the artistic and political issues of such a project.
Marie Preston’s artistic work (born in 1980, lives and works in Paris) is consisted of a research concerning creating works, documents in experience, with a priori non-artist people. The encounters are initiated by introducing an activity in specific territories: knitting practice within the Association of Malian Women of Montreuil, traveling on historical paths that have disappeared between Paris and its neighboring towns, documentary work on a ritual practice in India, on shared gardens in the Paris region or on the tropical agronomy garden in Nogent. For “co-creation” to take place, collaboration has to be established in a relationship of reciprocity of knowledge and skills in order to create a common space. This space increases over time and collective activity. Photographs, sculptures, performances and films take shape according to various modalities from the restitution of experience to collective actions.