JULIEN DISCRIT
Lives and works in Paris

In Never Neverland, Julien Discrit realizes the cartography of an imaginary landscape created by Sir J.M. Barrie to
be the setting for the adventures of his children’s hero, Peter Pan. This map is based on a real territory, a
Bahaman isle bought by Walt Disney to install an amusement park. The cartographic representation is a
passing space, a connection between a fictitious universe, recurrent in the collective imagination, and its
concrete geographical version. This last is exploitable by the entertainment culture and by the world that it
models itself on both in a cinematographic and touristy way.

Representing a paradigmatic figure of a twisted utopia, attesting to a contamination of the metaphoric space of
childhood by the industrial production of “dreams”, this artwork questions the way we create representations of
reality: “A chart is not a territory,” as Alfres Korzybski, philosopher of American language, highlighted. In these
terms, Neverland, indeed, will never be Neverland.


SELECTED EXHIBITIONS / FESTIVALS

2006 L’atelier, Galerie du jeu de Paume, Paris (solo)
D’ou l’écoute prend forme, Centre d’art Passerelle, Brest  
Cosmogonies, La Galerie, Noisy-le-sec (à l’occasion d’une résidence de six mois)

2005 Pilot:2, Farmiloes building, Londres, Angleterre - Hotspots/ Emerging artists
Sammlung Essl, Vienne, Autriche
Rendez-vous, Biennale de Lyon
Mulhouse 005, Parc des Expositions, Mulhouse
Never Neverland, La Planck, galerie Air de Paris, Paris - French spring, Exposition hors les murs du CRAC
Alsace, CRAC Alsace / Altkirch Fundacio Rafael Tous d’art contemporani, Barcelone, Espagne / Chinese
european art center-university, Xiamen, Chine/ Art academy-university, Shangaï, Chine / Art academy-university,
Nanjing, Chine / Fashion and art academy, Beijing, Chine
Jeunisme 2, FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims

2004 Ils sont passés par ici, ils repasseront par la, art et nomadisme, DRAC Champagne-ardenne, Chalons en
Champagne

Never Neverland
2005
map, 87X92cm