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Nicolas Garait-Leavenworth

1964-1965 : Understanding Through Peace

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A graduate of Ecole nationale des beaux-arts de Lyon (2006), Nicolas Garait-Leavenworth works using historical archives and resurgent images.

He is staging a lecture-performance designed using sound, visual, architectural and arts archives from the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair that opened 5 months after the assassination of John Kennedy, hunched back on the commercial ruins of the American Dream and ignoring an increasingly active counter-culture. 
The long-term project Understanding through Peace is based on the contradictory cultural climate around the New York World’s Fair from its design to its advertising—dreams going as far as a utopia that it could not attain.

With the support of Enba Lyon.

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