Thibaut Cordenier

(Wendt) - Film - 15min - 2015

présenté dans le cadre de l'exposition Panorama 17


A room, a projector, three figures, images and, above all, no reverse shots. Or very few. This film began with a number of elements. There was the boulevard on the way into Calais which, like anyone else arriving from the countryside or leaving the motorway, I regularly drove into. And, at the end of it, a house that long remained empty, and then had squatters, where a few dozen migrants were living. The house is still there, but now it is barricaded and the migrants have been moved out. For nearly a year locals and motorists could see them walking up and down the street, alone or in groups, waiting, sunning themselves outside the house. Like any other resident of Calais. Is it possible to simply film what one sees and not what one knows?

Thibaut Cordenier

Thibaut Cordenier was born in Djibouti in 1988. After studying political science and a short period in journalism, he decided to concentrate solely on images, working on their materiality and the question of representation. His approach plays on different formats, mixing fiction and documentary. He currently lives and works in Tourcoing, where he is a student at Le Fresnoy - Studio national des arts contemporains.