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DOMINIQUE GONZALEZ-FOESTER

 

Born in Strasbourg, Dominique Gonzalez-Foester is considered one of the most important artists in contemporary art. Critics place her along Pierre Huyghe and Philippe Parreno – two Frenchmen who use video as a medium for commenting on society, culture and memory. The trio studied at the École du Magasin - Centre National d'Art Contemporain in Grenoble. This school was very influenced by French director Jean-Luc Godard who lived in this city at the beginning of the 1970s and proposed, with the creation of the production company Sonimage “using cinema to create a TV that doesn’t exist yet and use TV to recover a cinema that no longer exists”.

 

Dominique Gonzalez-Foester’s 2002 retrospective at Curtas Vila do Conde included the shorts “Riyo” (1999), “Central” (2001), “Plages” (2001), “Ann-Lee in Anzen Zone” (1999) and “Gold” (2000) as well as the video “Ipanema Théories”, which closed the 10th Festival, with live accompaniment by DJ Rainer Trüby. In addition, Curtas presented the video installation “Repérages Riyo”(1999), a piece that showed a different facet of Foester’s work, exploring contiguous territories to fine arts. This work, based on the preparation of the shooting of Riyo and edited using a series of excerpts, was presented in a different context in which the trilogy is usually shown (Riyo/ Central/Plages).