Marine Hugonnier (b. 1969, Paris, lives and works in London) grew up in the U.S., Morocco and France and has shown extensively worldwide since her first exhibition, a project with Pierre Huyghe in 2000. Her work, films, photographs, sculptures and works on paper question the ontology of images, the position of the author, as well as the viewer, and their culturally constructed gaze. Her films - which are either associated with “experimental cinema” in film industry festivals or “artist films” in the art world - move between the realms of fiction and non-fiction, complicating the terms of both genres and categories. Her work discuss conventions of representation - interrogating the politics implied in camera shots and deconstructing point of views. She often summarizes her work as a research in the “politics of vision”. “Cinema teaches me to tirelessly touch with my gaze the distance at which the other begins.” said Serge Daney, French critic and theorist. Hugonnier's work is to her a way to assess these distances: distance to the subject as much as the way it is pictured and how the reception of the viewer is designed, and these notions have been at the core of her way of thinking about how to make images and have constituted the subject of her work.
In order to put the cultural frame that informs her gaze at a distance and so to deconstruct it, her methodology is informed by her academic background in philosophy and anthropology, and prompted her travelsl to far away places. She did so with no script in hand, to discuss image-making procedures and create works, which are a faithful or a fictitious account of a way of walking and a path of thinking. Hugonnier's films explores the politics of vision, referring to a belief that images and landscapes are inextricably bound to the historical, social, and cultural legacies that have created them. Through the connections between history and landscape, her works help us understand how our perception can be strongly influenced by pre-existing political and cultural conditions. The act of seeing is not completely subjective, but is largely dependent on the external and intrinsic factors in the history of a country.
Selected solo exhibitons include The Italian Cultural Institute, London (2017), Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany (2015), the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK (2014), Museum of Contemporary Arts, Seoul, South Korea (2014), Kunstverein Braunschweig, Braunschweig, Germany travelling to Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, Sweden, and FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims, France, (2009) (catalog), MAMCO / Musée D’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland (2008), S.M.A.K. / Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Gent, Belgium (2007), Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA (2007), Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, Switzerland (2007) (cat.), Centre for Curatorial Studies Museum, Bard College, New York, NY (2005), Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee, UK (cat.), KW / Kunst-Werke, Berlin, Germany (2004) and the Chisenhale Gallery, London (2003).
Selected recent group exhibitions include Visitations: Videos from Coleccón Jumex, Museo Jumex / Jumex Collection, Mexico City (2018), Walking the Fade Out Lines, curated Larys Frogier and Hsieh Feng-Rong, Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai, China (2018), Like a Moth to a Flame, curated by Tom Eccles, Mark Rappolt and Liam Gillick, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy (2017), Animality, Marian Goodman Gallery, London, UK (2016), Presque Rien, Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris, France (2015), Landscape in Motion, Kunsthaus Graz, Graz, Austria (2015), Outside In, FRAC Aquitaine, Bordeaux, France (2014), Collection: Recent Acquisitions and Incorporations, CGAC / Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela, Spain (2013) and Art and Press at the ZKM Centre for the Moving Image, Karlsruhe, traveling to the Martin Gropius-Bau, Berlin.
Marine Hugonnier's works are in museum collections worldwide including MoMA / The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, Le Louvre, Paris, The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain, MACBA / Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona. Barcelona, Spain, MAMCO / Musée d'art moderne et contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland, MUDAM / The Grand Duke Jean Museum of Modern Art, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg, Musée d’art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel and national collections such as the British Council Collection, London, UK, Arts Council of England, London, UK and the FNAC / Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Paris, France. Her work is also included in the collections of important institutions and foundations among them Jumex Collection, Mexico City, Sammlung Goetz, Munich, Germany, Fondation Serralves, Porto, Portugal, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy, DRAF / David Roberts Art Foundation, London and the Collezione La Gaia, Busca, Italy.
Hugonnier's first solo exhibition in Los Angeles with Meliksetian | Briggs will be in 2019. View or download her online catalogue raisonné at http://marinehugonnier.com.