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Sébastien Lifshitz retrospective


Since the end of the 90s, Sébastien Lifshitz has been creating cinematographic work that is as delicate as it is political. Adolescentes his new feature film will soon come out in the theaters, and the Center Pompidou is revisiting his work through a complete retrospective, in the presence of the filmmaker, and the commissioning of apreviously unseen short film, in the series “Where do you stand” ?. Sébastien Lifshitz also presents a never seen exhibition of vernacular photographs of which he is a great collector. The event takes place in the context of the Autumn Festival in Paris.

A smile, hands, an eye, Sébastien Lifshitz became, since Les Corps ouvertes, his first feature film, in 1998, a formidable portraitist attached to the intimacy of detail. Bambi, in 2013, Thérèse Clerc, in 2016, but also the artist Valérie Mréjen, in Il faut que je l’aime , in 1994, or the filmmaker Claire Denis, in 1995, Lifshitz gives to see a joyful and deep community in a movement resolutely turned towards the other. Over the course of more than ten films to date, fiction and documentary feature films of all formats, he insatiably questions the dimensions of the genre and the plurality of our identities, as in 2012 with Les Invisibles, awarded with the César for best documentary . Passionate about amateur photography, which he collects compulsively since, as a kid, he went to the flee market to buy them, Sébastien Lifshitz will present, alongside the retrospective of his films, the exhibition L’Inventaire infini. Through this unprecedented proposal, gathering more than 400 images and imagined as a subjective anthology of vernacular photography, Sébastien Lifshitz tells an intimate part of his artistic education.

Éditions Xavier Barral and Éditions du Centre Pompidou publish the catalog of the exhibition, with unpublished texts by Sébastien Lifshitz and Isabelle Bonnet.
256 pages – format: 17 x 24 cm




Sébastien Lifshitz
Until November 11
Centre Pompidou
Place Georges Pompidou
75004 Paris


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