Journée blanche
Alain Guiraudie (FR)
Journée blanche

As I write these lines, I have yet to take a single photograph for this project. I have just done the casting and, therefore, chosen the models who will appear in the pictures. They are very simple people with no great singularity (with one or two exceptions). I also have a fairly precise idea of the places in which I will photograph them. Indeed, the project came from these places around Le Fresnoy, and from the photograph of a face seen in an actor’s file.

If I follow the plan I set myself (which is the kind of thing I tend to do), I will use these models to recreate scenes from everyday life. They will thus pose in little allegories of daily living. I will leave room for the mood of the moment, the beauty of the banal. It could be the photographic film of the day of one man, something like a photonovel (without the narrative) and the photographic tableaux of Jeff Wall.

Alain Guiraudie
Alain Guiraudie France

I was born in Villefranche-de-Rouergue in 1964 and grew up in a family of farmers. I went to secondary school in Rodez then briefly studied history. I made a short film (“Les héros sont immortels”) then a second, then a third, then a fourth, then a fifth (“Ce vieux rêve qui bouge”), then longer and longer ones until I came to a first, a second and a third and then a fourth feature, until recognition: the official competition at the Festival de Cannes with “ Rester vertical.” Since January 2018 I have been concentrating on photography. I haven’t done much yet, just a portfolio published in the journal Double.

  • Le Fresnoy - Studio national des arts contemporains, Tourcoing Le Fresnoy - Studio national des arts contemporains est né de la volonté du ministère de la Culture et de la Communication d’implanter dans le nord de la France, un établissement supérieur d’enseignement artistique d’un type nouveau, pôle d’excellence d’envergure nationale et internationale, dont les références furent exprimées par quelques formules telles que « un IRCAM des arts plastiques » ou encore « une villa Médicis high-tech ».

Sa pédagogie, principalement fondée sur la production d’œuvres de toute sorte dont le point commun est l’intégration de techniques audiovisuelles professionnelles, en fait un lieu de production, d’expérimentation et de diffusion totalement inédit.

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