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  • Pınar Öğrenci, Aşit (The Avalanche), 2022 (détail/capture), collection Frac Bretagne © Pınar Öğrenci

Aşit (The Avalanche)

Pınar Öğrenci
Frac Bretagne, Rennes


Pınar Öğrenci

Aşît (The Avalanche)

Aşît, meaning avalanche and disaster in Kurdish, refers both to the threat of avalanche that disconnects Müküs from the rest of the world and to “Meds Yeghern” (The Big Disaster) in 1915, when 1.5 million Armenians were deported, killed, or forced to leave Anatolia.

For Aşît (2022), her film produced for Documenta fifteen, Öğrenci returns to her father’s hometown, Müküs, within the mountainous region in southern Van. On Turkey’s border with Iran, this former capital of the Urartian civilization, and the Armenian Vaspuragan dynasty, today has a dense urban population of mainly Kurdish speaking communities. The town enjoyed a multilingual education and heritage in Armenian, Kurdish, Farsi, and Arabic until 1915. Aşît is inspired by Stefan Zweig’s final novella The Royal Game (Schachnovelle, 1941)—a psychological thriller in which chess becomes a survival mechanism in the face of fascism.


Artist and filmmaker Pınar Öğrenci (1973, Van, Turkey) lives and works in Berlin.

Displacement, migration, survival, and resistance are cornerstones of Pınar Öğrenci’s films and installations. Driving her works are difficult, everyday struggles: the stories she hears, observes, experiences, collects, and documents from different geographies. In earlier works, Öğrenci followed the rarely-spoken stories of migrating communities around the Mediterranean, the Aegean, and in Berlin. Her works are decolonial and feminist readings from the intersections of social, political and anthropological research, everyday practices, and human stories that follow agents of forced migration.

Image : Pınar Öğrenci, Aşit (The Avalanche), 2022 (détail/capture), collection Frac Bretagne
© Pınar Öğrenci – Courtesy of the artist

  • Gabrielle Goliath, This song is for… Vol 1, 2021 (détail) Collection Frac Bretagne © Gabrielle Goliath – Courtesy Goodman Gallery

This song is for… Vol 1

Gabrielle Goliath
Frac Bretagne, Rennes


Gabrielle Goliath

This song is for… Vol.1

Work from the Frac Bretagne collection acquired in 2022

Presented as an interactive listening room, This song is for… vol 1 is a unique collection of six vinyl records, drawn from the artist’s multi-channel video and sound installation, This song is for… (2019). In this more intimate context, the tactile, interactive form of the records engenders a different kind of listening experience, in which rituals of care attend and grant reverence to the sonic experience.

In This song is for… Goliath returns to and re-performs the popular con­vention of the dedication song, in collaboration with a group of women and gen­der-queer led musical ensembles. Each of the eleven songs (six of which are included here) were personally chosen by a survivor of rape and subsequently performed as a newly produced cover-version. These are songs of special significance to the survivors, songs that transport them back to a particular time and place, evoking a sensory world of memory and feeling.

A sonic disruption is introduced at a point within each song, recalling the ‘broken record’ effect of a scratched vinyl LP. Presented in this performed musical rup­ture is an opportunity for listeners to affectively inhabit a contest­ed space of traumatic recall – one in which the de-subjectifying violence of rape and its psychic afterlives become painfully entangled with personal and political claims to life, dignity, hope, faith, even joy.


Born in 1983 in Kimberley (South Africa).
Lives and works in Johannesburg.

Through the ritual, sonic and social encounters of her art practice, Gabrielle Goliath attends (and tends) to histories and present-day conditions of differentially valued life, reaffirming ways in which black, brown, femme and queer practices of possibility perform the world differently. Each of her works convenes a coming-to – a tenuous community – collapsing the presumed remove and privileged subject position of representation (as white, male, heteronormative) and calling for meetings in and across difference, on terms of complicity, relation and love.

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Image : Gabrielle Goliath, This song is for… Vol 1, 2021 (détail) Collection Frac Bretagne
© Gabrielle Goliath – Photo Courtesy Goodman Gallery

  • Ali Cherri, The Watchman, 2023 (capture-détail) © Ali Cherri. Courtesy de l’artiste, Fondazione In Between Art Film et Galerie Imane Farès, Paris

Le songe d’une nuit sans rêve

Ali Cherri
Frac Bretagne, Rennes


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Ali Cherri

Le songe d’une nuit sans rêve

Le songe d’une nuit sans rêve (Dreamless Night) is the first solo exhibition by Ali Cherri, a Lebanese artist living in Paris, in an art institution in France.

The exhibition present the new video work The Watchman (2023), as well as a series of original sculptures and drawings, specially produced for the exhibition, which relate to the symbolic elements and characters of the film, as well as to the geographical and cultural landscape of Cyprus.
Shot in Louroujina, a small village in the unrecognized Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, the film centers on the figure of a soldier who guards the southern border with the Greek-Cypriot-dominated Republic of Cyprus. During his long and tedious guards, the hills inhabited by the “enemy” become the scene of the soldier’s fantasies and daydreams.
The Watchman continues Ali Cherri’s critical investigation of border politics, geographies of violence, nation-building and the radical potential of the imagination. The artist also evokes the historical links of migration between Cyprus and Lebanon, as well as those between Nicosia, the divided capital of Cyprus, and Beirut, the artist’s hometown, which was also divided during the Lebanese civil war.

Curators: Alessandro Rabottini and Leonardo Bigazzi

The Watchman is commissioned and produced by Fondazione In Between Art Film, and co-produced by The Vega Foundation and KinoElektron. The film received additional support from Galerie Imane Farès, Paris, Robert Matta – Fondation RAM, Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, and Frac Bretagne.

The exhibition Le Songe d’une nuit sans rêve (Dreamless night) was presented at GAMeC – Gallerie d’Arte Moderna e Contemporaneo, Bergame, from 8.10.2023 to 14.01.2024.

It is accompanied by a monographic catalog published by Lenz Press and produced by Galerie Imane Farès, Paris.


Ali Cherri (1976, Beirut). Lives in Paris (France).

Cherri’s work is inspired by artefacts and the natural world. His sculptures, drawings and installations explore the temporal shifts between ancient worlds and contemporary societies.
Using archaeological artefacts as a starting point, he investigates the boundaries of ideologies that underpin the foundations of nations and the myth of national progression. His work explores the links between archaeology, historical narrative and heritage, considering the processes of excavation and relocation of cultural objects into museums.

Recent solo exhibitions include Envisagement, Giacometti Foundation, Paris (2024), Humble and quiet and soothing as mud (Swiss Institute, 2023), Ceux qui nous regardent (CAC La Traverse, 2023), If you prick us, do we not bleed? (National Gallery, 2022), Return of the Beast (Imane Farès, 2021), Tales from the Riverbed (Clark House, 2018), From Fragment to Whole (Jönköping County Museum, 2018), Programme Satellite 10: Somniculus (CAPC Centre d’art contemporain de Bordeaux and Jeu de Paume, 2017), A Taxonomy of Fallacies: The Life of Dead Objects (Sursock Museum, 2016).
His work has recently been exhibited at the Institut Valencià d’Art Modern (Valencia), Jameel Arts Center (Dubai), Para Site (Hong Kong), MAXXI (Rome), Centre Pompidou (Paris), 5th Kochi Biennale (2023), 15th Sharjah Biennale (2023), 59th Venice Biennale (2022), Manifesta 13 (Marseille, 2020), the 5th Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art (Ekaterinburg, 2019), the 8th Melle International Biennial of Contemporary Art (2018) and the 13th Sharjah Biennial (2017). Ali Cherri was awarded the Silver Lion for his participation in the international exhibition at the 59th Venice International Biennale of Contemporary Art in 2022.

Image : Ali Cherri, The Watchman, 2023 (capture-détail) © Ali Cherri.
Courtesy of the artist, In Between Art Film Foundation and Galerie Imane Farès  Paris

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