In addition to the exhibition What is photography? , presented in the Centre Pompidou's photography gallery (from March 4 to June 1, 2015, Forum-1), the film department offers an overview of the contradictory and complementary relations between photography and moving pictures.
Emblematic film of the modernity in the cinema history, La Jetée (1963) by Chris Marker has influenced the unconscious of a cinephilia by its revolutionary structure borrowed from the photomontage. Created from still images on which the comment of an off-camera narrator adds its own story, the film draws the outline of a utopian space in which the temporalities of photography and narrative are intermingled through the phenomenon of cinema projection. In his search of childhood buried memories, the Brazilian artist Pablo Pijnappel (born in Paris in 1979) revives in his work Fontenay-aux-Roses (2010) the founding principles of an experience based on memory and poetry that was inaugurated by Chris Marker. By borrowing a selection of 80 still images made in Paris by other, Fontenay-aux-Roses deploys the intriguing beauty of a chronicle nourished by the nostalgia of memories and the desire of a fiction without beginning or end. On the projected images that appear successively on the screen by following the predetermined order by the carousel of a slide projector, the voice of a narrator physically present in the movie theater, delivers one after the other the pieces of a puzzle that each viewer is led to reconstruct.
« I like to see the making of my stories, in essence, as investigations about stories where the product is like a forensics analysis : areas get fenced out to be examined, and evidence is removed from where conclusions can be drawn, but it leaves the connecting of the dots entirely to the viewer – who becomes the de facto investigator. » Pablo Pijnappel
The screening will be followed by a conversation between the artist and the art critic Alain Cueff.
- La Jetée (Chris Marker, 1962, 35mm, b&w, sound, 26’37)
- Fontenay aux roses (Pablo Pijnappel, 2010. 80 synchronized slides projection, sound, 16’48)
Thanks to: Pablo Pijnappel, Alain Cueff, Gallery Juliette Jongma (Amsterdam)