Artist: Marc Quer

A poster project by Marc Quer introduces Museo San Telmo as a site of exploration into national psyche in which folklore, history, politics, mysticism, eroticism, nationalism and perversion are intermingled. Twenty-seven posters selected from an original series of two hundred, hung by the artist throughout the Belsunce district of Marseille (the traditional reception place for immigration), line the museum’s cloisters. Quer’s project appropriates Felix Moulin’s photographs of Algeria shot in 1856. Enlarged and reproduced, these historic images elicit the colonial tensions still present in the collective memory of the communities in that city. With the hope of inviting interventions and commentary in the form of graffiti, the artist inserted voice bubbles within the images. By relating to the lived experience of the Arab immigrants, Quer’s posters reveal the hostilities these images still provoke by recording thoughts and testimonies that mirror contemporary anxieties and cultural clashes.


Manifesta 5 | 2004.06.11 - 2004.09.30 | Arteleku(San Sebastián, Spain) | Casa Ciriza(San Sebastián, Spain) | Koldo Mitxelena(San Sebastián, Spain) | Kubo Kutxa Kursaal | Museo San Telmo(San Sebastián, Spain) | Ondartxo(San Sebastián, Spain) | San Sebastián | Soto del Aquarium(San Sebastián, Spain)