Clément Cogitore

Clément Cogitore developed his artistic practice at the meeting point between Cinema and Contemporary Art. He combines film, video, installations and photographs to question how society coexists with its own images and representations. More often than not, Cogitore’s works are presented as a question of rituals, collective memory, and representations of the sacred. Recently, Cogitore adapted an extract of Jean Philippe Rameau’s opera-ballet ‘Les Indes Galantes’ in collaboration with Krump dancers. The intensely physical and political bodies of these dancers re-shape the tribal dance of Rameau’s original libretto performed in Paris in 1723, re-staging young people dancing on the verge of a volcano. Dominik Mersch Gallery will be exhibiting a selection of video works and photographs alongside this award-winning film.

Cogitore’s work has notably been screened and exhibited at the Palais de Tokyo, Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), ICA (London), Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), MACRO (Rome), Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), MoMA (New York), MNBA (Québec), SeMA Bunker (Seoul), Red Brick Art Museum (Beijing), and Kunsthaus (Basel). His cinematographic pieces have also been selected and awarded prizes in numerous international festivals (Cannes, Locarno, Telluride, Los Angeles, San Sebastian). In 2018, Clément 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.

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