Jean Loup Pivin
Because the writing was intended primarily literary - as a form - few have understood the challenge that contained the form itself of Revue Noire. As if those who "read" Revue Noire could not read the simple fact that the forms without comments indicated in themselves the challenge of the comment : today we understand better the choices of many curators who need talkative artists to understand their works. Hence, over time, the strengthening of our doubts about the critical capacity of art history to look at contemporary expressions of other worlds. It's not because Western history of Western art was dismissed that it was also denied, unequivocally knowing that our own eyes were those fed by this Western history.
But we tried with our tools — publishings, films, exhibitions, manufacturing forms , editorial boards on site, articles written by people of the country — to say also other perspectives, sometimes lightly, but all the time open, even if some saw it partisan. We were and still are people who know what they don't want, and not entirely what they want. Today on the eve of a revival, it is clear that what we seek is still more that freedom, that quest of desire and meaning which is nestled in the heart of forms. Contest logorrhea of society through basic symbols does not interest us. The challenge by the forms is necessarily on the fundamentals. Forms can do more and it's not Picasso's Guernica which ended the war with Spain, or the Shirin Neshat's sails which make humanistic the forms which seem the most barbaric Islam.
Jean Loup Pivin, October 2009