This exhibition opens on February 10, 2016, and runs through March 12, 2016 in the Johnson-Kulukundis Family Gallery of Byerly Hall at 8 Garden Street, Radcliffe Yard, Monday through Saturday, from noon to 5 p.m.
There will be a fellow’s presentation by Philippe Grandrieux at 2 p.m. in the lecture hall at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA, on Wednesday, February 10, followed by the exhibition opening at 5 p.m.
Filmmaker Philippe Grandrieux strives for inventive, truly radical cinema. His first three full-feature films—Sombre (1999), La vie nouvelle (2002), and Un lac (2008)—demonstrate his exploration of image, sound, and narrative structures.
In this Radcliffe Institute exhibition, he will present three video installations from his series Unrest: White Epilepsy and Meurtrière will be shown as a diptych, a new single-channel video, and a new triptych.
The object of his series Unrest is "bare life."
"The figures haunting my images have a strange, invasive reality: they rise out of the darkness only to lose themselves in it again. Subjected to subterranean forces that bind them together, their acts are the response to an injunction that we cannot understand, to which we no longer have access. An ancient, archaic humanity rehearses the careworn scenes of a ceremony. We are witness to a dreamed origin of humanity, to an initial coupling. The bodies are "populated only by intensities." They are traversed by waves, by powerful, unstable sensations. Entirely subjected to the pulse that drives them, they impose their nudity, display their flesh, embody Spinoza's question: "What can a body do?" They put us before the enigma of our own body, of the mute opacity of the flesh. More naked than naked, their nakedness strips bare all nakedness, exposes the body to its greatest weakness—in other words, to its most absolute sovereignty." —Philippe Grandrieux