Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

Off to a flying start curated by Ami Barak

The rose is without why (Artist Rendering), 2013

Suitable for all ages

The rose is without why, 2013

Boris Achour - Paris, France


For Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, the artist uses a short poem written by Johannes Scheffler, a theologian and German mystic poet of the 17th century better known under the name of Angelus Silesius. The poem, written with standard fluorescent lights spanning more than 300 feet, has an aspect of the spectacular while expressing a poetic and philosophical dimension and reflects upon the nature of the art and the place of the spectator.

Without any hierarchy, mixing assorted elements stemming from highly diverse cultural and formal fields, Achour's work establishes an open connective system in perpetual evolution based on the affirmation of the shape and the jubilation of the creation. The notions of fragments, unity and therefore relations, imagined on the scale of a single work or on that of the whole work are formally, conceptually and humanely at the heart of his practice.

Boris Achour was born in 1966. He lives in Paris, France. His recent solo shows include Séances, Credac, Ivry/Seine, France (Part of La Triennale 2012), Oh Lumière, Galerie Vallois, Paris and Mehr, Gallery Ruth Leuchter, Dusseldorf, Germany. Recent group shows include Black Moon, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, Le Flâneur, Musee d'art et d'histoire de Saint-Denis, France, Songe d'une nuit d'été, Château d'Oiron, Toulouse, France Galerie de I'ENSBA, Lyon and Ha Ha Road, Quad, Derby & Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno, UK among others.


Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen Street West

This project is outdoors.