Philippe Parreno is an internationally acclaimed French contemperory artist and filmmaker, whose collaborative style encompasses film, sculpture, drawing and text. For his first solo exhibition in Australia, he set out to activate a singular retrospective of his works, creating a cinematic ensemble where his films play with temporal and spatial boundaries, guiding visitors through a complex journey of images, duration, memory, and the passage of time. The exhibition is controlled by a gallery technician, so no one visit is the same.
In 1988, Parreno’s first film Fleurs (1987) was presented as a background for a weather broadcast on French television, and since then the artist has sought to redefine the exhibition experience. Using the exhibition itself as a medium, Parreno explores possibilities beyond the presentation of individual works to create scripted spaces within which a series of events unfolds.
Thenabouts, which opened on Tuesday at ACMI was conceived alongside Parreno’s major new commission Anywhen for the Turbine Hall at London’s premiere contemporary art gallery Tate Modern.
Alongside the exhibition, ACMI will present a series of public events and film screenings. Parreno’s acclaimed documentary Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait (2006), which he co-directed with artist Douglas Gordon, will screen as part of the program accompanying the exhibition. The exquisite filmic portrait of legendary French midfielder, Zinedine Zidane, which premiered out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival, is a meditation on the mediated.
Philipe Parreno Thenabouts is open at ACMI in Melbourne from Tuesday until 13 March, 2017. Entry is free.
For more information visit the ACMI website.
Pictured at top: Film Still from Invisibleboy, 2010. 35mm. Colour, sound. Runtime: 5minutes, 18 seconds. © the artist