Exo Exo, Paris, and Lodos, Mexico City, have integrated activities. At a macro level both acknowledge the broader responsibility to develop a new kind of engagement. At the micro level it remains necessary to promote additional points of view while looking for willing partners as a means of building alliances and building coalitions. As a gap opens up within the engagement, between expectation and product, it creates a space for alternative visions. What we see play out is a battle of ideas within a common agenda. It is a battle that ultimately is a challenge to consensus and a challenge to the interconnectedness both are committed to. This is not to conclude the engagement as ineffectual in furthering the collective interests; rather it invites a time for sober second thoughts and doses of pragmatism.

Micahel Debatty is an artist working in Liège. Noah Barker is an artist working in New York. Exo Exo is a curatorial program and a non-for-profit exhibition space in Paris. Lodos is an exhibition space in Mexico City.

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08ExoExo_presentedby_barkerNoah Barker
Manufactured Ground, 2016
Powder coated stainless steel
Variable dimensions

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10ExoExo_presentedby_barkerNoah Barker
Facilitating Mechanisms, 2016
Press release with text derived from collected statements made by Thomas Shannon, US Department of State Assistant Secretary of Western Hemisphere Affairs on 6 May, 2006 to the Council of the Americas; exhibition map; exhibition visual

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Trash Talk, 2016
Air brush and Acrylic on Canvas
180 x 150 cm

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Alea Jacta Est, 2016
Air brush and Acrylic on Canvas
180 x 150 cm

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Jumbo Jet, 2016
Air brush and Acrylic on Canvas
180 x 150 cm

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Oh me (Suspended), detail, 2016
Air brush and Acrylic on Canvas, Gels
Variable dimensions

Micahel Debatty and Noah Barker
presented by Exo Exo and Lodos
@Exo Exo, Paris
June 23rd – June 30th, 2016