Maria Lagrange, an exhibition and a manifesto for Juan Carlos Alarcon (Pettro)





« For years, Maria Lagrange has been a DJ and host for our radio R.B.A., broadcasting from one of the theater halls of La Cartoucherie in Paris. Yet she is mostly a painter who’s name has marked the cultural environment in France and its neighbor countries.

Since last April 1st, she shows her works in the ‘Argentina’ room of the Argentinian Consulate in Paris. But this time, Maria went beyond a simple exhibition, she proposed a manifesto: The Manifesto of Gradual Figuration.

I am neither a specialist nor an art critic, I am simply curious about history, culture and social movements. Certainly because of my philosophical training, the first question that ran into my head was :’what is a manifesto’ ?

One could say that a manifesto is an intellectual instrument giving free rein to the expression and claims of a social, political or artistic group. It is a proposal giving birth to debates and artistic ideas, in a political framework. The term ‘manifesto’ often bears the weight of concepts and references to various historical or current aspects. André Breton demonstrated it with his Surrealistic Manifesto around 1924, or more recently the Manifesto ‘We All Are Culture’ in Spain, that received considerable support.

The point is that an artist raises, individually or collectively, universal necessities that go along a given society. Generally speaking, the manifesto tries to break the official discourse, either to deepen it and codify it, or to modify it. In her Manifesto of Gradual Figuration, Maria Lagrange explains that ‘a better world can be conceived if individuals fight for autonomous thinking, free imagination and independent decision making’. That is, through a concrete political decision. The debate is open, we will see where it will lead. »