REMEMBERING THE LIGHT
Anne Dopffer, general curator of heritage and head of the Musées Nationaux du XXe siècle des Alpes-Maritimes
Johanne Lindskog, curator of heritage at the Musée National Marc Chagall
July and August, every day from 10am to
12:45pm and 2:15pm to 6:15pm.
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rate €2,50 (groups of 10 or more), free
for under-26s (EU) and for all on the first
Sunday of every month.
Single ticket for the Musée Magnelli , Musée de la Céramique
Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige
Remembering the light
1 july - 6 november 2017
Opening, saturday 1 July 2017 at 11am
Exhibition organised by the Musées Nationaux du XXe Siècle des Alpes-Maritimes
The exhibition presented in Vallauris is part of the series of invitations by the National Museums of the 20th Century in the Alpes-Maritimes to
contemporary artists to exhibit their work in the chapel of the National Pablo Picasso Museum of Vallauris. Designed to echo with Picasso’s
masterpiece, "War and Peace”, these exhibitions explore contemporary propositions on the theme of political consciousness.
Artists and film-makers, Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige work in many media, such as video installations, photography, fiction films,
documentary essays and performance art. Made from archives, family objects, personal stories and daily experiences, their works unwind
narratives which question the construction of imaginaries and the writing of contemporary history. With an assertive experimental
dimension, the artists divert and re-invent the recurrent images of our times marked by wars, the loss of ideals and the societal upheavals
which derive from them.
The video diptych presented here, entitled Remembering the Light, was created in 2016. With a restrained dramaturgy, the images develop a
double narrative. Five characters dive and let themselves go down, evoking the uncertain fate of those who cross the seas. In these depths a
submerged city appears, evidence of war, such as military vehicles and other strange ruins. On the parallel screen, a multi-coloured scarf,
plunges slowly into the water.
These images in dialogue invite the exploration of a singular field of perception: in the sea depths, the spectrum of colours shrinks to
complete darkness. The colours change and disappear one after another: first the red, then orange, yellow, green and finally blue, before
complete darkness, black. The divers’ coloured clothes, the rainbow scarf which has fallen in the water, thus lose the vibrancy of their hues as
they sink into the abyss. But if the submarine depths are illuminated, the plankton remembers the light and reveals its luminescence. Turning
its back on a literal interpretation, the poetry of the images thus questions our perceptual habits. Nevertheless, the latent tragedy is
interrupted by a re-ascent towards the light, a salutary impetus towards the surface.
Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige have been nominated for the prestigious Marcel Duchamp contemporary art prize which will be
awarded in autumn 2017.
2 vidéos HD, couleur, durée : 8 mn. Coproduction Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah
© Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige. Galerie In Situ — fabienne leclerc