1 May 2020 to 31 May 2020
Bruxelles
Annabelle Guetatra

In these delicate times when it is necessary to be attentive to ourselves and to others, we would like to invite several artists to propose an artistic action/reflection starting from our common situation of confinement and its consequences on the notion of public space.


Hyménée de printemps

It's the story of a woman who dreams...
This morning, she prefers not to wake up, keep her eyes closed and remember.
Summer, on the beach. A blazing sun, the fresh air of the seaside. She's in love.


Confinement has limited public space and forced us to stay at home, with the inner journey and the imagination as only possibility of travel.
When we close our eyes, we can be everywhere and with anyone.

Each of us dreamed of a Spring Union, and we came together in the creation of this little animated film made with little time and little material.

Annabelle Guetatra is a cartoonist. CIFAS has called upon her dreamlike, delicate and sensual universe to illustrate its activities on several occasions.
Even if her work is usually centered on intimacy and interiority, this time we have proposed Annabelle to turn her gaze towards the public space.
Her answer is an animated film based on a text written by her sister Kahina Le Querrec.
The original music was composed by Kévin Malfait.

Confined Public Space


CIFAS has been interested by artists working in public space for 10 years, thus investing the city as an open space for reflection and action, organising workshops, debates and artistic interventions.

In this public space, the role of the artist is complex and varied: disrupting our aesthetic habits, developing tools for social cohesion, contributing to urban renewal projects, etc... The artistic strategies to be deployed in the public space meet necessities and constraints that are very different from the spaces usually reserved for art (theatre or exhibition spaces).

Today, however, with the COVID-19 crisis, public space is suffering: it is no longer possible to move around, cross each other, or get together. A social shock that we all experience, confined to our private spheres. So how do we make art at a time when everyone fears for their health and that of their loved ones and wonders when and how it will be possible to return to urban life? Is there an art of confinement? What artistic strategies should be deployed in order to create in this context? What has become of public space today?

In these delicate times when it is necessary to be attentive to ourselves and to others, we would like to invite several artists to propose an artistic action/reflection starting from our common situation of confinement and its consequences on the notion of public space.

Biographies


Annabelle Guetatra
Born in Colombes in 1985, Annabelle Guetatra lives and works in Brussels.
Represented by the DYS Gallery, she develops a practice of drawing in different declinations: loose paper, sheets assembled in books, papier-mâché figurines, ceramics, engravings, animation... The scenes she draws invite us as if we are witnessing a performance, they give us to see mysterious but well embodied bodies playing some absurd mimodramas, abstruse choreographies or other enigmatic dance steps. Love scenes caught in flagrante delicto, where the characters are adorned with props, masks, strange vegetation, furniture or not really identifiable animals. This masquerade, inspired by childhood stories or travels (sometimes dreamt of), tells us about life, its desires, its anxieties, its magic and its strange cruelty.

Kahina Le Querrec
After a degree in performing arts and cinema at the University of Paris 8, Kahina Le Querrec became a costume designer for feature films.
In 2018, she joined the Ateliers du Cinéma in Beaune (France). There she directed La Fête Noire and a short fiction film L'Heure Bleue (selected at Paris Courts Devant, at the Bordeaux International Independent Film Festival and Best Short Film Award at the Oldenbourg International Film Festival).
In 2019, she attends a screenwriting workshop where she develops her next short film Contre La Nuit, winner of the G.R.E.C. (Groupe de recherches et d'essais cinématographiques) screenplay selection.

Kevin Malfait
After two years of training at the CIAM, Kevin Malfait continued his musical studies by entering the Bordeaux Conservatory in the jazz section and then the Mont-de-Marsan Conservatory. In 2016, he composed a film-concert with Clément Bernardeau on the last of F.W. Murnau's men. Still with Clément Bernardeau, he composes and interprets the music for the pieces Motif and D'après nature of the choreographic company la Tierce which premieres in December 2018 at the TNBA. He regularly collaborates with the Bordeaux artist Geörgette Power. Since 2016 he forms with actor and director Romain Jarry (Cie des Limbes) the musical and textual duo je ne sais quoi. For a few years now, he has also been composing for the cinema and signs in October 2018 the soundtrack of Giovanni d'Onofrio's Second Attack on the Bakery, then in 2019 the soundtrack of Selim Bentounes' Petit Coeur and Winnele Veyret's Yamb. At the end of 2018 he releases a first instrumental EP under his name.

 

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