As his fellows of the Nouvelle Vague, whom replaced the pen for the camera, André S. Labarthe did a double somersault from the critical platform Cahiers du Cinéma to the production and realization of filmed filmmakers’ portraits.
Director and producer of the legendary series Cinéastes de notre temps, Labarthe has set his attention on Ford, Hitchcock, Lang or Cukor, but also Godard, Antonioni, Cassavetes, Cronenberg or Scorsese, to work as a critic who uses the camera with filmmaker’s eyes. It is for this reason that his documentaries –of various formats and lengths– are particularly attractive, insightful and didactic.
Tireless, Labarthe will be four days at the Filmotheque of Catalonia in order to present some of his best works in sessions hundred percent cinephiles, where we could see cinema explained by its authors and contextualized by a man, filmmaker of all time, who has lived it closely and intensively.
Organized by CO producciones, Ninetofive and Filmotheque of Catalonia with the support of Institut Français Barcelona.
Diaspora is one of the three newest posters of Werker 4 – An Economic Portrait of the Young Artist, an ongoing project of Werker Magazine by Marc Roig Blesa and Rogier Delfos started in 2011. The idea of this poster came from an unsuccessful application of Ninetofive and Andrea Valdés to the BCN Producció ’13 call, to which we submitted Diaspora, a proposal that was critical with the current artistic context in Barcelona. The project focused on the high mobility of the younger generations of artists as a symptom of their precariousness and their new production conditions.
Werker 4 – An Economic Portrait of the Young Artist was inspired by the first mural newspapers published in Russia during the 20s, which were read in factories, schools, hospitals or workers’ associations. It is made up of a series of posters on the gallery walls that make the lack of stability, present in the life and work of young artists, visible. Diaspora, Donation and Free Labour are the titles of the three new posters made especially for Werker Sweatshop.
Werker Sweatshop, the first solo exhibition of Werker within the context of an art gallery, was shown at García Galería (Madrid) in May-July 2013. The word sweatshop (or sweat factory) is a pejorative English term used to describe workshops or factories where workers are subjected to a harsh environment, often with inadequate ventilation and occasionally subject to physical, mental or sexual abuse, under working conditions that are dangerous for their health and during extremely long working hours.
* Text of the poster Diaspora:
The simple fact we had to apply to a curatorial subsidy is already a symptom something is wrong. There is such a lack of opportunities, you know – that we even apply to projects which are not directly in our line of work. Everybody is giving a chance to anything that could generate some funding. Inventing new collaborations, new production ideas and imagining different ways of working. I think the Diaspora project was rather positive. I saw it as a positive reaction to the actual dismantling of Barcelona’s contemporary art scene. Apparently the jury didn’t perceive it as such. What were they expecting? An exhibition with young artists from the city pretending nothing has happened? The situation is so critical and nothing is moving. There’s this immediate reaction, you know – people need to go somewhere else to make money.
Still from "Jean-Luc Godard, le désordre exposé" by Olivier Bohler & Céline Gailleurd
Saturday 25 May, screening of Jean-Luc Godard, le désordre exposé (France 2012, 64min.) by Olivier Bohler & Céline Gailleurd at Boliche Cinemes, a documentary film about the polemic exhibition of Jean-Luc Godard at the Centre Georges Pompidou.
A debate will take place after the projection with the main character and conductor of the film André S. Labarthe and Pascale Cassagnau, responsible for the audiovisual, video and new media collections of the CNAP (Centre National des Arts Plastiques).
André S. Labarthe reaches out for the remains of Voyage(s) en utopie, an installation by Jean‐Luc Godard at the Centre Georges Pompidou in 2006. As if it was a dream, a new reading of the work of the filmmaker is initiated by several films, archive images and interviews.
Organized by CO producciones and Ninetofive within Screen Festival of LOOP.
Werker 7 — The Language of Revolution is meant to be read and discussed collectively. Display its pages on a wall at home, at school or on the floor of a public square… What is a revolutionary image? Which aesthetic elements are involved in the making of a revolution? Does revolution have a global language? What role does photography and the mass-media play in all this?
Werker 7 takes its title from ‘The Language of Revolution — Tidings from the East’, a 2011 lecture given by Ariella Azoulay, at the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona. Her analysis of Egypt’s revolution, through images from the internet, became the inspiration of this work. Highly recommended! www.macba.cat/es/ariella-azoulay
Wednesday 26 September, 7:30pm
Release event Werker 7 — The Language of Revolution
On view from 26 September until 18 November 2012
Espai Cultural Caja Madrid
Plaça Catalunya 9. Barcelona