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¡ Viva Villa ! 2020 : Pétrel / Roumagnac (duo)


In the collaborative research of Aurélie Pétrel and Vincent Roumagnac (duo), photography dialogues with staging. Their reactivation protocol installations or their photoscenic pieces evolve over the time of their exhibition, by “intra-acting” with the environment of presentation, according to the successive rearrangements of the photographic objects and other materials that constitute them.

They are represented by the Galerie Valeria Cetraro (Paris) with which they collaborate for the presentation of three solo (duo) shows in 2016, 2018 and 2020. Moving between visual and living arts, they install their works, among others, at the Comédie de Caen, at the Théâtre de l’Usine de Genève, at the Biennale für aktuelle Fotografie in Ludwigshaffen, for the 40th anniversary of the Center Pompidou with the CPIF at the Ferme du Buisson in Noisiel, or even at the Grand Café in Saint Nazaire.

In residence at Villa Kujoyama during the winter 2020, Aurélie Pétrel and Vincent Roumagnac are carrying out a triple research echoing a dramaturgical work around the adaptation of Ursula K. Le Guin’s queer techno science-fiction novel, The Left Hand of the Night (1969).

“Despite the viral interruption of our residence for two-thirds of its duration, we were fortunate to be able to meet, thanks to the tremendous support work of the Villa Kujoyama team, almost all of the interlocutors. that we wanted to approach in Kyoto. These meetings were decisive for the project that we were able to advance enough to be able to present a first version of the piece this fall. We were also lucky to have several days of snowfall on the Kansai mountains, which we had hoped for to be able to trace the season in the photoscenic objects from the in situ shots. Finally, we stayed at the Villa with a fantastic team of residents. We had a great time. “

Their research, studio experiments and theatrical work in the company of their collaborators Nagi Gianni and Simo Kellokumpu, summon  the cryospheric landscapes inspired by Japanese cyberpunk, the phenomena of transparency, with a focus on the shift between opaque and optics in Japan, and a study of white powders and pigments (oshiroi / gofun) used in the arts of the archipelago. The shots taken from this work in Kyoto and Nagano were, at the end of the residency, printed on various materials to constitute the corpus of the photographic objects of their third photoscenic piece, Ekumen.

ets photographiques de leur troisième pièce photoscénique, de l’Ekumen.

“Video is a medium that we come across in our solo works, in particular Vincent, but when it comes to the duo, photography and the stage concentrate the medial focus of our experiments. However, for ¡Viva Villa !, we are going to use it, for the first time, to document, then distribute in the installation throughout the duration of the exhibition, the reactivations of the play that we must anticipate due to the health circumstances. We are interested in the experience. ”



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