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Part way through the opening of FIAC Hors les Murs, last Tuesday, it started spitting. VIP guests, artists and invited press blinked up at the clouds and walked their wine glasses to awnings or trees. The extramural component of the Paris art fair, which marked its 46th edition Oct. 17-20, sprinkled 21 contemporary works around the grounds of the Jardin des Tuileries. Flay depicts the fair's recuperation in terms of conversation.Take the FIAC Projects exhibition at the Petit Palais, curated this year by Rebecca Lamarche-Vadel.The extreme economic polarization wrought under late capitalism, the attendant mass migrations and political blowback -- commonly framed as "populist" and "anti-globalist" -- provokes questions about what positive role international art fairs like FIAC can play in this climate.An art fair like FIAC is a place where international voices can promote understanding between people at a local level.There was much talk of dialogue at FIAC. During her tour of FIAC Projects' exhibition, Lamarche-Vadel said she found a strong link among the contemporary and historic works sharing the galleries.The title, Lamarche-Vadel explained, loosely meaning "Below the Belt," is a play on words, gesturing both to the rum-based cocktail and to the Cuban boxers the artists admired.
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