Projection and discussion
Ce qui nous pousse
What drives us29 Sep 2022
The event is over
With reference to the contemporary crises that force more and more men, women and children to take to the road, the artists highlight the incredible inner strength that it takes to resist, keep going and simply exist in such situations. They place the individual, with their fragility and tenacity, nightmares and dreams, forced or chosen invisibility, resilience and liberty at the heart of these migrations.
The works offer portraits of men, women and children whose daily existence is caught up in an eminently political situation. They present the reasons for leaving, the tribulations of the journey or the difficulties of adapting to a new identity. Troubled by their forced uprooting or haunted by that of their parents or grandparents, the artists revoke political assignments and give bodily representation to an experience whose over-mediatization has transformed it into a cliché far removed from the reality.
Some situate their subjects in a geographic and temporal context, leaving the succession of sequence shots to reveal lives in waiting. Others upset cinematic grammar to better convey the constraints weighing upon these buffeted existences and the inner strength needed to break free. They plunge their characters into the instability of fragmentary framing and sensitive editing, with neither start nor finish, reflecting violence, broken dreams and daily difficulties. The camera is their greatest ally, like an alter ego. Placed at a good distance, horizontal and tender, it records voices and gestures with naturalness, understanding and, sometimes, humour.
Anaïs-Tohé Commaret, Ce qui nous pousse (2021, 22 min 28 s). A Le Fresnoy production, 2021.
Majd Abdel Hamid, Double Sheet (2021, 5 min 51 s)
Fadi Idris, La Veine de la vie (2018, 9 min 44 s)
Sara Kontar, A Wave, (2021, 3 min 30 s). 3350 km, (2022, 8 min 50 s)
Mykola Ridnyi, NO, NO, NO (2017, 22 min)
Zoya Laktionova, Diorama (2018, 11 min 18 s)
Screening followed by a conversation with the artists by Stéphanie Cottin, Exhibition Curator, and Alicia Knock, Curator at the Centre Pompidou
In partnership with the association Portes Ouvertes sur l’Art, which accompanies artists in exile with professionals, collectors and partners, in a spirit of openness and research
7pm - 9pm
Ce qui nous pousse, 2021
© Anais-Tohé Commaret