Clément Cogitore

Clement Cogitore, still from Indesgalantes

Born in Colmar in 1983, Clément Cogitore lives and works between Paris and Berlin. After studying at Le Fresnoy, the French National Studio of Contemporary Art, Clément Cogitore developed his artistic practice at the crossroads of contemporary art and cinema. Combining film, video, installations and photographs, Cogitore questions the modalities of cohabitation between humankind and its own images and representations. Rituality, collective memory, figuration of the sacred, as well as a particular idea of the permeability of worlds are leading trends in his practice. Cogitore’s work has notably been screened and exhibited at the Palais de Tokyo, MADRE (Naples), Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), Institute of Contemporary Arts ICA (London), Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), MACRO (Rome), MoMA (New York), Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), MNBA (Québec), SeMA Bunker (Seoul), Red Brick Art Museum (Beijing), Kunsthaus Baselland (Basel), and biennials such as the Lyon Biennial (France), and the Berlin Biennial (Germany).

Les Indes Galantes
Ciné-Corps film: Les Indes Galantesis an opera-ballet created by Jean-Philippe Rameau in 1753. Clément Cogitore adapts, in collaboration with three choreographers Bintou Dembélé, Brahim Rachiki, and Igor Carouge, a short part of the ballet by mobilizing a group of krump dancers, a dance form born in South Central Los Angeles in the early 1990s as an expression of protest against police brutality. The colonial overtones of this 18th-century opera, which presented toxic stereotypes of non-Europeans are removed in the film’s re-envisioning, opening up a space for collective movements that offer justice, inclusion, and freedom to everyone.