As a highlight of the 2013 Sino-French Culture Spring, the exhibition presents the artist’s exceptional videography to explore a humanistic search into the conflicting worlds of the internal and the external that captures a profound sense of “French melancholy”.
The four works on exhibit reveal Coulibeuf’s interpretations on the relationship between fiction and reality from various angles. The artist dexterously utilized the simulations and
transformation of the moving images to allow the viewers to be immersed in an atmosphere of self-introspection. Notably, the artworks have shown visual perfection -each image embodies an aesthetics and philosophical depth worthy of investigation.
In “Enigma”, the video pieces are accompanied by photographic editions which reveal the precision and the finesse of such an artist, who tries to be, with a raw, realistic, and poetic look, as close as possible to the image.
About the artist
Pierre Coulibeuf has been engaged with video art over the last two decades. Having directed more than 30 short and feature-length films, Coulibeuf’s works are adaptations of other genres of artistic expression, including, drawing, dance, performance, photography and literature. The artist has presented his work on many international film festivals, as well as presenting them as video installations (video-graphs) on exhibitions through the contemporary art network. His artworks are widely collected by various art museums today, and have become a critical vehicle in exploring contemporary European culture.
In his creative process, Coulibeuf is keen on adopting the virtual and distorted image to represent the relationship between fiction and reality. Among his works, the mirror, the white wall or the tangled bodily games allows the audience to be quickly immersed in an introspective atmosphere.