Agnès Varda “Bord de Mer”

Blum & Poe

poster for Agnès Varda “Bord de Mer”
[Image: Agnès Varda Bord de Mer, 2009, Digital HD projection, Blu-ray aspect 16:9 color/sound video projection, sand Total running time: 1 minute, looped 96 x 120 x 115 inches]

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The visionary creator of La Pointe Courte (1954), Varda is celebrated as the mother of the French New Wave. Films such as Cléo from 5 to 7 (1961), Vagabond (1984), Jacquot de Nantes (1991), and The Gleaners and I (2000) have won her global critical acclaim. In 2003 she transformed, in her own words, from being an “old filmmaker to a young visual artist,” creating sculptures and installations that play with the representation of time, space, and reality. This exhibition, the artist’s first in Tokyo, centers on Bord de mer (2009), a video installation which portrays three distinct dimensions of time—past, permanent, and present. A still image projected onto a vertical screen reveals a view of the ocean; on a sloped platform below, moving footage shows a wave rolling and dissolving into the shoreline; finally, this platform merges with a small beach of sand at the viewer’s feet. Also on view are seven vintage photographic prints from the 1950s and 1960s—intimate depictions of cats (a recurring motif in her work) in a variety of European street scenes. Early black & white photographs such as these were stylistic precursors to her unprecedented film works to come. Though she soon became known more in cinematic circles, photography has been deeply intertwined with her filmmaking and visual art practice, as in Bord de mer.

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from June 12, 2018 to August 04, 2018

Opening Reception on 2018-06-19 from 18:00 to 20:00

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Agnès Varda

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