Conversations | Chantal Akerman: Legacy, Memory and Influence

Chantal Akerman: Legacy, Memory and Influence / Chantal Akerman : héritage, mémoire et influence
Paris+ par Art Basel 2023, October 21

With Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975) recently ranked by Sight and Sound magazine as the greatest film in the history of cinema, this panel discusses the hugely important figure of Chantal Akerman. Akerman, who professed to being influenced by Michael Snow, Andy Warhol, Jean-Luc Godard, and Jonas Mekas, created a diverse body of work which sits between cinema and contemporary art, blending diaries, travelogues, literary adaptations, manifesto films, and feminist activism. This multifaceted work has had a profound influence on a new generation of artists and its importance is constantly being reassessed. The exhibition Chantal Akerman. Traveling, conceived by Bozar, the Chantal Akerman Foundation and CINEMATEK and produced in collaboration with the Jeu de Paume, will be presented in the Jeu de Paume in autumn 2024.

‣Eric Baudelaire, artist, filmmaker, Paris
‣Catherine David, curator and art historian, conservateur général honoraire des musées de France, Paris
‣Collier Schorr, artist, New York
‣Moderator: Marta Ponsa, curator and artistic projects manager, Jeu de Paume, Paris

‣ Éric Baudelaire is an artist and filmmaker based in Paris. After training as a social scientist, Baudelaire established himself as a visual artist with a research-based practice in a variety of media ranging from printmaking, photography, and the moving image, to installation, performance, and letter writing. His feature films have been shown extensively at film festivals, and .when shown within exhibitions, they are presented within bigger installations that include curated projects with works in other media and extensive discursive programs. He was the recipient of the 2019 Prix Marcel Duchamp, and in 2022 Paraguay Press published the monograph Eric Baudelaire : Make, Do, With.

‣ Catherine David was deputy director of the Musée national d’art moderne – Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and head of the Research and Globalization department from 2014 to 2021. From 1982 to 1990, she was curator at MNAM and from 1990 to 1994 at the Jeu de Paume, Paris. From 1994 to 1997, she served as artistic director for documenta X in Kassel, Germany; between 1998 and 2003 she was director of the long-term project ‘Contemporary Arab Representations’, initiated by Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona; and between 2002 and 2004, she was director of the Witte de With Center of Contemporary Art in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. In the last fifteen years she curated the ADACH Platform for Visual Arts at the 53d Venice Arts Biennale (2011); Unedited History. Iran 1960-2014 at the Musée d’art moderne de la ville de Paris and at MAXXI in Rome (2014). As deputy director of the MNAM, Catherine David curated several projects among which: Wifredo Lam (2015); Memories from the futures. Indian modernities (2017); Latiff Mohidin: Pago Pago (1960-1969) (2018); Yuan Jai (2020), Bagyi Aung Soe (2020) and S.H.Raza (2023).

‣ Collier Schorr (b. 1963) lives and works in New York. She studied journalism at the School of Visual Arts in New York, and worked as an art critic in the 1980s and 1990s writing for Artforum, Frieze, Parkett, and other journals. Schorr has had solo exhibitions at Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, Germany (2007); the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, Villa Romana, Florence, and Le Consortium in Dijon (all 2008); and Museu Coleção Berardo, Lisbon (2010). In 2018 she began adapting Chantal Akerman’s seminal film Je Tu Il Elle (1974) into a full length performance work involving herself and a number of professional dancers and performance artists – this multimedia work is entitled Akerman Ballet. She is represented by 303 Gallery, New York.

‣ Marta Ponsa was born in Barcelona and currently lives and works in Paris. The art historian, curates exhibitions and public programs at the Jeu de Paume, where she also organizes cinema programs, conferences, and performances. She has organized projects on European photography from 1920–50, video, and new media, and her latest shows include ‘’The Supermarket of Images’ with the philosopher Peter Szendy (2020); ‘Works in Progress’ featuring the films of Noëlle Pujol, Ben Rivers, and Ana Vaz’; a solo exhibition of work by Marine Hugonnier (2022); and a cycle of films by the Mexican Nicolas Pereda (2023). She is currently working on an exhibition of work by French artist Bertille Bak, and a research project about Chantal Akerman and her archives.

The Conversations program for Paris+ par Art Basel 2023 is curated by Pierre-Alexandre Mateos and Charles Teyssou.
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