Marine Hugonnier



7 July – 8 August 04


Opening: July 06, 2004, 5 - 9 pm

The KW Institute for Contemporary Art presents the work of the French artist Marine Hugonnier. The London based artist will be screening both her newest film The Last Tour, as well as Ariana, a film produced in 2002.Both works are part of an unfinished trilogy, which deals with construction and the relationship between landscape, narration, and ideology.

Ariana is a video in the form of a traditional essay-film. It shows a subjective report of a trip to Afghanistan. The film documents a failed project: it refuses to show simple panoramas, or any reference points that could lend the cameramen some form of visual control. The film tries to understand history and ideology, and their relationship to landscape and its aesthetics and topography.

The Last Tour, also in traditional essay film form, is political fiction. In comparison to Ariana, this work is purely fictional, and describes a possible future scenario: the return of white spots on the map. The Last Tour describes the near future closing of the Alps (as a way to prevent their ultimate destruction). We follow the camera on the eve of the construction of this new park. The film reinterprets and re-imagines the modern history of the conquest and cartography by reversing historic occurrences.

Curated by Anselm Franke and Ellen Blumenstein

Supported by MW Projects, London