Moscow City Government
Moscow City Department of Culture
Russian Academy of Arts
Moscow Museum of Modern Art
and Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow/
Museum «Moscow House of Photography»
Chris Marker «Films and Photos»
As part of the 9th International Month of Photography in Moscow
Date: March 20 — April 29, 2012
Venue: Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Tverskoy, 9
Moscow Museum of Modern Art presents an exhibition by Chris Marker, one of the most influential filmmakers to emerge in the post-war era. The exhibition will contain his photo series Koreans, Quelle Heure Est-Elle?, Billboards, After Dürer, The Hollow Men. His short films La Jeté, Sans Soleil and video installation Silent Movie will be displayed at the exhibition. The exhibition in the MMOMA is a part of the Photo Biennale 2012.
Koreans was a 1957 project. Chris Marker joined a small group of journalists who were allowed to have a free walking in North Korea. Uncensored photos taken during this journey depicted everyday life of the country, four years after the ruinous war. Amusingly, the result of those strolls was equally rejected on both sides of the 38th parallel. To the North, a book which never mentioned once the name of Kim Il-Sung simply didn’t exist. To the South, the raw fact that it had been allowed to be done in North Korea.
The Quelle Heure Est-Elle? series (2004-2008) is another story. Chris Marker took photos secretly, like a benevolent paparazzo. Inspired by a poem by Ezra Pound ‘The apparition of these faces in the crowd / Petals on a wet, black bough’, he photographed inside the Paris subway. He aimed at capturing these petals, giving people their best moments, often imperceptible in the stream of time, making them truer to their inner selves. At first he experienced with a wristwatch camera, hence the title for the series appeared. Then he used different contraptions but he kept the title, for his personal pleasure and also because the stolen moment of a woman’s face told something about Time itself.
The Silent Movie questions the linearity of narration and history. Chris Marker has been making moving images for more than five decades, always working at the cutting edge of technology and aesthetics, ideology and form. The five channel video installation presents a highly personal response to the one-hundredth anniversary of the invention of cinema
Chris Marker (1921, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France) appeared on the Paris cultural landscape as a writer and editor and also became identified for his uniquely expressive non-fiction films. Marker began garnering international recognition in 1962 with the science-fiction short film La Jeté. In the 1970s, Marker created documentaries both on the history of the left (Le Fond de l’air est rouge, 1977) and travel and memory (Sans Soleil, 1982). Marker also produced acclaimed media installations, including Owls at Noon Prelude: The Hollow Men, shown at New York’s Museum of Modern Art in 2005 and presented by Peter Blum at Art Basel Unlimited in 2006, and Silent Movie, commissioned by the Wexner Center for the Arts in 1995 and later gained international exposure.
Moreover, his works were exhibited at Peter Blum Gallery in 2007, 2009, 2011; the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis; MoMA PS1 Contemporary Art Center in New York; The Georges Pompidou Centre in Paris; The Jeu de Paume in Paris. Most recently his works were displayed at the Les Rencontres d’Arles photography festival (2011) and the Centre de la photographie, Geneve (2012).