I would prefer not to
PBProject, Galerie Paris-Beijing, Paris (FR)
For this project, Alexandre Lavet borrows Herman Melville’s famous line “I would prefer not to” claimed by Bartleby, protagonist of the 1953 eponym short story. Transposed for the exhibition, it could symbolically make reference to the gallerist’s and the visitors’ expectations towards today’s artists who are supposed to appropriate the exhibition space with their interventions.
‘I would prefer not to’ opens up a double reading. Inside the gallery, the apparent denial to make artwork and from the outside, the presence of a form extolling the idea of rest and procrastination as a creative outcome.