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Artletics: Exhibition Curated by Didier Morelli

March 1, 2024

Curated at Artexte by Postdoctoral fellow Didier MorelliArtletics offers an overview of practices by artists who examine the world of sports through a variety of approaches.

This project comes from Morelli’s fascination with sports, with the myth and desire surrounding the figure of the athlete that he has constructed over the years. Much like the visual arts, which have always been part of his life, play has also been at the forefront of his identity. Stemming from his 2023 research residency at Artexte, the findings led him to focus on finding out how other artists, curators, and writers share this passion, how they embrace the realms of sport and play as a territory to draw from, intervene in, and channel through their practices.

In Artletics, Morelli showcases works by various artists who engage with sports in different ways: by showing bodies in action, by discussing performance and competition, by sharing skills, by creating a link to the community, by revisiting memories, by moving from the collective to the individual, or by evoking the clan, group, or family. As the artists in the exhibition show us, sports are ubiquitous in our contemporary society, markers of our individual values and gauges of our collective beliefs. Sport is everywhere—you just have to look for it.

Didier Morelli, “Artletics”, exhibition view, Artexte (2024). Photo credit: Paul Litherland

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