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  • MEXICO. Mexico City. Olympic games. American athletes demonstrating against US race discrimination by clutching their fist. The american athlete Lee EVANS, winner of the 400 m in 43,86 sec. 1968.

Les Jeux Olympiques 1964-1980

Raymond Depardon
14.06.2024-05.01.2025
Frac Bretagne, Rennes

 

In 165 photographs, renowned French photojournalist Raymond Depardon retraces the 6 Olympics he covered between 1964 and 1980.

 

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Les Jeux Olympiques 1964-1980

In the summer of 2024, as part of Rennes’ Exporama contemporary art season and the Paris Olympic Games, the Frac Bretagne is presenting an exclusive exhibition entitled “Les JO de Raymond Depardon“.

In 165 photographs, the famous French photojournalist Raymond Depardon retraces the 6 Olympics he covered between 1964 and 1980.

In 1964, Raymond Depardon had been working as a photojournalist for the Dalmas agency for four years. He was sent to Tokyo to cover the Summer Olympics and thus took his first steps as a sports photographer. It was a winning move, as he ended up working for 6 Olympiads, until the Moscow Games in 1980.

During these events, the famous photographer learnt that, to capture the beauty of the moment, you have to be ahead of it.

This is how he managed to capture the feat, the strength and the extreme emotion: the despair of Michel Jazy after his defeat in the 5,000 m event in Tokyo (1964), the dazzling joy of Colette Besson winning the 400 m in Mexico City (1968), the legendary Olympic hat-trick of Jean-Claude Killy in Grenoble (1968), the grace and perfection of Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci in Montreal (1976)… images now engraved in the history of sport.

But Raymond Depardon, driven by his expertise as a journalist, also captured other moments, historic events that went far beyond the field of sport: in 1968, he immortalised the raised fist of African-American athletes in Mexico City, then in 1972, during the Munich Olympic Games, he witnessed the Israeli delegation being taken hostage. Stadium and history, culture and sport.

6 OLYMPICS IN 165 PHOTOGRAPHS

1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo

20 years after the end of the Second World War and its dramatic aftermath in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan opened up to the world by hosting the Olympic Games.

1968 Grenoble Winter Olympics

The first Winter Olympics organised by France, inaugurated by General de Gaulle and featuring the young skier Jean-Claude Killy.

1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City

The raised fists of the African-American athletes on the podium will forever remain the image of the fight for civil rights.

1972 Summer Olympics in Munich

These Olympics were sadly marked by the hostage-taking of Israeli delegation by the armed Palestinian revolutionary group Black September.

1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal

The young Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci achieved the highest score 7 times.

1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow

The Olympics were boycotted by a number of countries in reaction to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan

THE ARTIST

French photographer, film-maker, journalist and screenwriter Raymond Depardon was born on 6 July 1942 in Villefranche-sur-Saône.

He moved to Paris in 1958, then joined the Dalmas agency in 1960 as a journalist. In 1966, he co-founded the Gamma agency.

Alongside his career as a photographer, Raymond Depardon began making documentaries in 1963, notably on politics, with a 1974 documentary on Valéry Giscard d’Estaing’s election campaign, which was banned by the President. Since then, he has made a number of films, taking his humanist approach to places as diverse as Chad, a psychiatric asylum, an emergency room, a courthouse or the farming community.

In 1978, Raymond Depardon joined the Magnum photo agency and continued his reportage work until the publication of Notes in 1979 and Correspondance New yorkaise in 1981. In 1984, he took part in a photographic mission for the DATAR, whose aim was to “represent the French landscape of the 1980s”.

While pursuing his film career, he was awarded the Grand Prix National de la Photographie in 1991.

His films also gained recognition: in 1995, Flagrants Délits, about the French justice system, won the César Prize for best documentary, and in 1998, he began his trilogy Profils paysans, devoted to the French rural world.

One of the characteristic features of his photographic work is his assertion of the photographer’s subjectivity.

« Sport is perhaps the speciality that best teaches us best how to ‘see’ well. A sports photographer is equipped to venture onto any other field. In the Olympic stadiums surroundings, I had the impression of becoming an athlete myself. Before a big race or competition, I stopped eating, drinking and talking. For a champion, it’s a year of preparation for a performance. For me, it was half a day waiting for a photo. » Quote by Raymond Depardon.

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Visuel bandeau : Raymond Depardon, Un athlète afro-américain lève le poing en symbole de la lutte contre la discrimination raciale aux États-Unis. Mexico, Mexique, 1968 (détail) © Raymond Depardon/Magnum Photos

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

Aşit (The Avalanche)

Pınar Öğrenci
15.06-29.09.2024
Frac Bretagne, Rennes

 

Pınar Öğrenci

Aşît (The Avalanche)

For her film Aşît (The Avalanche), made for the fifteenth edition of Documenta in Kassel in 2022, the artist returned to her father’s birthplace town, Müküs, an unspoilt spot in a mountainous region south of Van. On the Turkish-Iranian border, this former capital of Urartian civilisation and the Armenian Vaspuragan dynasty is now home to an urban population made up mainly of Kurdish communities.

Meaning avalanche and disaster in Kurdish, the word Aşît refers both to the climatic threat that sometimes disconnects this mountain village from the rest of the world and to ‘Meds Yeghern’ (The Great Disaster), the Armenian genocide of 1915, a tragic event that is still contested by the Turkish state.

Through oral histories, photographic archives and images captured in the region, filmmaker Pinar Öğrenci reveals the traces and traumas left by the Armenian people in the landscape, customs and memories. She recounts the daily survival strategies of the people of Müküs under pressure from the State and religion.

The film was also inspired by Stefan Zweig’s last short story, The Chess Player (1941) – a psychological thriller in which chess plays the role of a survival mechanism in the face of fascism.

Her interest in Müküs, she says, ‘is not only because it’s [her] father’s home town, but also because this village has been blessed by long years of self-imposed isolation; like a river that feeds itself, that remains unpolluted and clear… It’s an environment of non-conflict favoured by its geographical isolation, an oasis where unbridled capitalism and the state apparatus entered too late. In other words: a time machine, protected by the mountains. But this machine can also be seen as a kind of prison, the same one that Stefan Sweig talks about in his story’.

The filmmaker has chosen the songs of Hayrik Muradian, an Armenian musician who had to flee Van in 1918, to sublimate the impressive landscape of tranquillity that protects the village of Müküs.

THE ARTIST

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

  • Céline Le Guillou, exposition Sambaqui, Instituto Inclusartiz, Rio de Janeiro, 13.04 – 02.07.2024 © Céline Le Guillou | Crédit photo : Wesley Sabino – Courtesy Lia Soares

Sambaqui

Céline Le Guillou
13.04 - 02.07.2024
Instituto Inclusartiz, Rio de Janeiro

 

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Sambaqui

Winner of the Frac Bretagne-Art Norac Prize 2023, Céline Le Guillou presents a solo exhibition at the Institut Inclusartiz in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Céline Le Guillou’s work combines subtlety, spontaneity and intimacy in her work. Active through interaction with visitors, her work is brought to life by the materials used.

The exhibition is curated by Victor Gorgulho and Gabriela Davies, and represents not only Céline Le Guillou’s experience and research in Rio de Janeiro, but also those of her two residency colleagues, Benoît Fournier and Alma Berrow, who are also participating in the show. It brings together pieces produced by the artists Céline met during her stay at Inclusartiz, creating links and exchanges with Brazilian culture and flora.

THE ARTIST

Born in 1994, lives and works in Quimper and Courtils.
Céline Le Guillou studied at ESAAA in Annecy, then at EESAB-site in Quimper, where she graduated in 2018. Her approach is underpinned by attention to the materials she uses. She went on to perfect her clay techniques at the Institut Européen des Arts Céramiques in the Haut-Rhin region of France. She continues with several exhibition projects, including the Les Chantiers residency program at Passerelle center d’art contemporain in Brest and the Minoterie21 residency in Morbihan.

FRAC BRETAGNE – ART NORAC PRIZE

In 2020, Frac Bretagne and its patron Art Norac created the “Prix du Frac Bretagne – Art Norac” or Frac Bretagne-Art Norac Prize. The aim of this prize is to help emerging artists from the regional scene to gain international experience in order to encourage them to develop their careers outside our borders.

Each year, a partner structure in Europe or worldwide, willing to welcome an artist living and working in Brittany to produce a solo exhibition, is associated with the scheme.

+ Visit the Institut Inclusartiz website

+ More information on the Prix du Frac Bretagne – Art Norac/ Frac Bretagne-Art Norac Prize


Visual: Céline Le Guillou,  Sambaqui exhibition, Instituto Inclusartiz, Rio de Janeiro, 13.04 – 02.07.2024
© Céline Le Guillou | Photo credit: Wesley Sabino – Courtesy Lia Soares

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