Dériver/Arrivée | A Century of Travel in French Cinema: Visages VillagesOrganised by: NUS Museum
Performed by: Agnès Varda & JR (directors)
Positioned as an inquiry around NUS Museum's exhibition, "...you have to lose your way to find yourself in the right place" | Selected Works by Gilles Massot, this film series reflects on a past century of journeys as presented within the French consciousness, where identity and itinerancy are twin notions that lay the tracks for such sojourns across fictional lands and foreign spaces.
The title takes its cue from Derrida and Malabou's analysis of the voyage as a matter of "deriving and arriving" and examines the exhibition's titular trajectory, picking out "...you have to lose your way" as a premise of dériver (to leave the shore), that stands in ambivalent relation to its conclusion "to find yourself in the right place", the arrivée (to reach the shore). In an attempt to articulate the slippages that occur between these two states where derivations and driftings may reach a destination anticipated or unexpected, the films presented meander through the sentiments of play, travel and art-making, arriving eventually at the dialectics of cultural baggage, socio-political dynamics and memory.
Visages Villages (2017)
Opening talk by Tom White (freelance photographer and Instructor, Yale-NUS College)
Cinematic visionary Agnès Varda and iconic photographer JR form an unlikely friendship, travelling around rural France to create large portraits of the people they meet.
This screening is held under the banner of Voilah! France Singapore Festival, with the support of the Ambassade de France.