Artist Talk: Failure and Responsibility in PhotographyApr 12, 2018 Thursday 19:30 - 21:00

2F, Rockbund Art Museum (20 Huqiu Road, Shanghai)
Larys Frogier, Marine Hugonnier
Walking On The Fade Out Lines
English with Chinese interpretation
Platform: Exhibition Education
  • About the Talk

    We are honored to invite the artist Marine Hugonnier to have a dialogue with Larys Frogier, the Director of Rockbund Art Museum and the co-curator of “Walking on the Fade Out Lines”. The conversation between the artist and the curator will lead us to behind-the-scene stories of the artwork as well as the practice of the artist. Through the discussion based on the artwork, we hope to discuss when the artist sees photography as an experience, when the camera lens is an extension of the artist’s eye or subjectivity, how the “failure” of the photography attempts actually made it possible for the artists to question the original meaning of viewing.

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    Marine Hugonnier (Paris, France, 1969)

    Ariana, 2003, HD video, 16:9, color, sound, 18'36''. Courtesy of Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Collection

    The film details artist’s travel to Afghanistan in the summer of 2002. The artist, set out with her companions, seeks to reach the Pandjsher Valley, located in the northeast of the country; however, Afghan authorities deny access to the area due to its strategic value: filming this landscape becomes a way of controlling it. Although Hugonnier finally obtains permission to reach a TV hill overlooking Kabul, she chooses to turn the eye of her movie camera elsewhere. This film investigates the relationship between landscape and history, and shows how our perception is always influenced by political and cultural preconception.


    The Last Tour, 2004, HD video, 16:9, color, sound, 14'17''. Courtesy of Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Collection

    The film takes place in an imaginary future in which natural sites are closed to the public in order to preserve them from mass tourism. As the title says, the spectator is invited to take a last tour of the Matterhorn National Park in Switzerland, both overland and on a balloon. In this film, the editing juxtaposes shots of the Swiss mountains with those of Disneyland's roller coaster, which is curiously called Matterhorn. In today's experience of tourism, the landscape always offers itself as a pre-built image, as something that is difficult to avoid, and the feeling of a déjà-vu is common even in the most exotic situations.

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  • About the Speakers

    Marine Hugonnier, is a Franco-British filmmaker and artist. She lives and works in London (United Kingdom). Informed by her academic background in philosophy and anthropology, Marine Hugonnier's films explore the "politics of vision", referring to a belief that images are inextricably bound to the historical, social and cultural legacies. Weaving history, geography and narrative her works (films, work on paper, sculptures and photography) helps us understand how our perception is influenced by pre-existing political and cultural conditions. 



    Larys Frogier is the Director of the Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) in Shanghai. Curator, critic and art historian, he is involved in artistic and social challenges in post-global contexts where ongoing social, economical, cultural transformations demand new ways of interrelations, citizenship and reinvented creativity.

    He curated numerous exhibitions and published extensive essays on the works of international artists: Adel Abdessemed, Nan Goldin, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Paola Pivi, Ugo Rondinone, Wang Du, Yang Jiechang. Larys Frogier taught art theory, history of art and curatorial studies at the University of Rennes, while he was also researcher at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) and at the Archives for Art Criticism.

    Previously the Director of the contemporary art centre La Criée in Rennes (France), he curated long-term projects (symposiums, residencies, exhibitions, publications) which question the links and ruptures between broadening transcontinental areas. Chair of the HUGO BOSS ASIA ART jury since 2013 at the Rockbund Art Museum, he is conceiving this new award, exhibition and research program as an evolving platform to promote emerging artists and to question Asia as a construction to investigate rather than a monolithic area or fixed identities.

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Apr 12, 2018 Thursday 19:30 - 21:00

2F, Rockbund Art Museum (Shanghai 20 Huqiu Road)

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