NIGHT SHARING #2

 

Sylvie Ungauer

 

Thomas Benard

Sylvie Ungauer

La menace, 2019, 7 mn 30

On the beach between sea and land, between real and imaginary, a story is told over and over again, it repeats itself as the movement of the wave. This story tells of man’s struggle to “inhabit” the world.
My art research involves raising questions about the relation between a person and the context in which that person lives, in his or her relation to their “home”, its local dimension, and the networks which structure globalization. I first went to live in Brest in 2005, to teach at the Ecole Européenne Supérieure d’Arts de Bretagne. That new situation had an effect on my work as an artist, because I found myself confronted by a wild mineral landscape, an outlying geographical situation, an area deeply marked by the traces of war, and the presence of the army. Since then, I have been working on objects, situations and narratives where the act of “inhabiting” is constructed in its relation to the body, architecture, geography, mobility and memory. SU

Thomas Benard

Globe en feu, 2018, 12 mn

A town’s inhabitants have been re-enacting a rite year in year out for several centuries. An earthquake and a meteorite falling to earth will call their collective meetings into question. Two clans will clash over the meaning behind those two catastrophes, and make changes in their public gatherings.
In order to interact with a territory, I project stories into it. Stories stemming from snippets of information I have heard, comparisons that I make with old reading matter, be it essays, novels or tales. In many cases, the narratives that I connect with territories have no link. They are the travels that help me to invent a narrative. TB

 

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