ANNE-CHARLOTTE FINEL | Des sirènes au fond des prunellesHors les murs 6 July 2019 - 22 September 2019
Address : Centre d'art Le Lait | 28 rue Rochegude, 81000 Albi, France
Day/night, nature/culture, artificial/natural… We might thus list the many dichotomies which inform the work of Anne-Charlotte Finel (born in 1986, lives and works in Paris). But her works are well-removed from binary and head-on confrontations, and play, on the contrary, with subtle variations and tiny movements which are at times barely perceptible, and lend her oeuvre its rich unusualness.
Whether she is filming those transitory spaces, on the outskirts of cities, where mother nature seems to have reclaimed her rights, whether she is interested in impressive forms of architecture sparkling in the night, or closely observing natural and scientific phenomena, Anne-Charlotte Finel always manages to transcend the images she catches. Far from any remote and scientific observation, the unusualness of her approach resides in the poetry with which she infuses her works. This permanent shift, this infinitesimal alteration of our viewpoints, and this way of revealing the inexpressible constitute the whole interest of her work. Starting from seemingly commonplace situations, she manages to “embark” us in her crepuscular world, on the edge of places and phenomena which cannot be immediately grasped, and require time to understand what we are being shown. The images she captures thus become nothing less than “environments”, hard to identify, whether they are microscopic— when she focuses on the growth of living organisms such as seaweed or the result of chemical processes—or, conversely, exaggerated and disproportionate, when she is faced with large industrial complexes.
Without toppling over into abstraction—some of her videos incidentally, help to underpin an embryonic narrative—, Anne-Charlotte Finel introduces a sensitive and sensorial relation to her work, which sometimes takes us to the outer limits of our imagination. This sensation of being caught up in and absorbed by the work originates in her way of filming. By pushing technique to its limits, she manages to lend a real material quality to the images, to the point, at times, of letting motifs, textures and patterns appear. The artist also pays close attention to the soundtracks accompanying her films. She has thus been working for several years with the musician Luc Kheradmand on creating sound layers which underscore the dramatic nature of the imagery.
If the exhibition in Albi adds to the continuity of her previous shows, we should emphasize that Anne-Charlotte Finel has recently been staking out new territories, still unexplored for her, that today form the basis of a new output. She recently enjoyed a residency on the island of Molène, where she confronted the marine ecosystem peculiar to this island off the coast of Finistere.
Photos : Phoebe Meyer
Vernissage : 05/07/2019 6:30 pm
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