Clément Cogitore

In collaboration with the French Embassy in Australia, Dominik Mersch Gallery will be hosting an exhibition of works by internationally-acclaimed artist and filmmaker Clément Cogitore. Please join the artist visiting from France for the opening on Friday 13 March from 6-8PM.

Cogitore has developed his artistic practice at the meeting point between cinema and contemporary art, presenting powerful images that pick at the seams of our socio-political tribes. More often than not, Cogitore’s works are presented as a question of rituals, looking at how society coexists with its own images and representations. At the heart of his first solo show in Australia is the heart-pounding short film ‘LES INDES GALANTES’. Installed on an immersive scale, this work adapts an extract of Jean Philippe Rameau’s opera-ballet of the same name in collaboration with Krump dancers. These dancers re-envision the tribal dance of Rameau’s original libretto performed in Paris in 1723, infusing the original dance on the verge of a volcano with raw, contemporary energy. Dominik Mersch Gallery will be exhibiting a selection of video works and photographs alongside this highly anticipated film, including his ‘Digital Desert’ series, the feature-length film ‘Braguino’ and accompanying velvety stills. 

In 2018, Cogitore was awarded the prestigious Marcel Duchamp Prize for Contemporary Art. To celebrate its 350th anniversary, the Opéra National de Paris has entrusted Cogitore with staging the entirety of Jean-Baptiste Rameau’s opera ballet, ‘Les Indes galantes’. Cogitore’s work has notably been screened and exhibited at the Cannes Film Festival, Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), Institute of Contemporary Arts (London), Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), MoMA (New York), Red Brick Art Museum (Beijing), and Kunsthaus (Basel).

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