In the Louise Labé room, a new stage in the 2019 edition, visitors will discover Julie Chaffort’s filmic work: burlesque and offbeat films that appeal to the world of tales, legends and that invite contemplation. She realizes them in natural territories, most often during residencies that feed her narrative frames. In her films, landscape is the raw material of her work. The territory is a character in its own right and humans, animals, plants, rain, wind, time, the weather are all elements that collaborate. It brings a context, it rely on the element of surprise, offsets, displaces the habits of the protagonists. The performative dimension is very present. The bodies of the individuals are tried and tested, put in tension by the songs, the dances, the costumes and the accessories which she asked them to wear … Constituted of improbable skits that follow one another in a dynamic way, we discover in the movie Hot dog (2013) men and women who have come out of their usual environment, a hunter playing the piano to someone, in the middle of the forest and under the eye of a stuffed fox, a man in a suit sinking into the icy waters cautiously holding a candle, the lunar vision of sheep on an isolated pontoon in the middle of a lake. In The Cowboys (2016), people with disabilities play the roles of some heroic cowboys. The rhythm of their lives merges with that of an American western.
For thirty years, the Lectoure Summer Photographic Festival has been a highlight of the programming of the Art and Photography Center.
The 2019 edition of the festival focuses on artists who engage in the contemporary rural sphere, questioning more widely the place of man in the world, his relationship to the living worlds, plant and animal, to nature in the large sense.
With practices ranging from photography to installation and video, the guest artists actualize the representations of the territories they cross and experiment, between the nostalgia of an idealized, fantasized, sometimes folklorized rurality, new agricultural practices. , landscape policies, phenomena of return to the countryside or the reinterpretation of rural – urban relations …
From July 20 to September 22, the five places of Lectoure’s photographic summer are to be discovered as so many islands hosting works and projects with multiple approaches. Different ways of thinking, working and interacting with nature coexist.
In parallel with exhibitions, ephemeral projects punctuate the summer; readings, concerts, conferences, film screenings or performances are the fruit of cooperation with artists and partners. They are organized in Lectoure and more widely in the department of Gers.
L’été photographique de Lectoure – Julie Chaffort
From July 20 to September 22, 2019
Centre d’art et de photographie de Lectoure 2019