A 100% video art exhibition that brings together top artists in the medium such as the Italian Mario Rizzi, who represented Tunisia at the last Venice Biennale, a regular of the Berlin Film Festival whose work is in MoMA’s collections in New York; the Australian Shaun Gladwell, who also represented his country at the Venice Biennale on two occasions; Erwin Olaf who right now is having an exhibition at the GemeenteMuseum in The Hague and is scheduled soon at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam; or the French Laurent Fievet, winner of the Hôtel Windsor video art prize, which was awarded by Caroline Bourgeois and Gilles Fuchs among others. The eight international artists on this project are presenting an array of multifaceted women, depicted in all their complexity and diversity.
Entirely dedicated to moving images, a medium that the gallery is known to champion, Moving women reasserts the commitment of Magda Danysz and Barbara Polla in favor of audiovisual creation. A member of Le Cube’s management board (centre for digital creation of Issy-les-Moulineaux), Magda Danysz has often integrated audiovisual works in her exhibitions since her debut in 1991. As to Barbara Polla, co-curator of this event, she regularly organizes, since 2011, evening video screenings called Video Forever, and was co-curator of Shaun Gladwell’s exhibition in Sydney in 2015.
Moving Portraits, the iconic piece by Erwin Olaf from his latest series Shanghai, takes a perspective both sensible and unsettling on the passing of time, and constructs a complex portrait of feminity by presenting together women of different ages. A photographer by training, Erwin Olaf uses video as a second language. He sets his photographs in motion, and his models come to life one after another, talking to the viewer: “Love me, look at me…”. Deeply human desire. The diversity of the works exhibited span from the arrogant freedom of Natalia (Yapci Ramos), to the taking charge of responsibilities portrayed in Mario Rizzi’s Al Inthitar, from physical strength (Dana Hoey, Boxing) to the absolute tenderness of mother-daughter relationship (Clare Langan), or from the bearers of memory to the bearers of light (Shaun Gladwell, Lee Yanor).