Pauline Curnier Jardin
8 min 56 sec, video, color, stereo
On 19 April 2022, LIAF-Lofoten International Art Festival unveiled a permanent communal installation by artist Pauline Curnier Jardin (Marseille, France 1980) realised in collaboration with the inmates of the Casa di Reclusione Femminile della Giudecca, an Italian women’s prison located in the former monastery of the Convertite. Reversing institutional hierarchies, the inmates have briefed and commissioned Curnier Jardin to reshape the interior of the parlour of the prison, and to create a new film: Adoration. The film developed through collective script writing and the animation of the inmates’ drawings and self-portrait pictures, it was premiered on the big screen of the permanent installation in the parlour of the prison. The redecoration of the parlour has been inspired by Black Narcissus, a 1947 British psychological drama revolving around the growing tensions and desires within a small convent of Anglican nuns who are trying to establish a school in the old palace of an Indian Raja at the top of an isolated mountain in the Himalayas.
Curnier Jardin’s film thus reveals a hidden history related to the Venetian monastery. Recent research shows that the parlour of the religious institution was used as a theatrical stage by the nuns who occasionally performed in front of their family members and Venetian authorities. Such carnival-like performances allowed the nuns to wear profane clothes and to suspend the social rules that forced them into a monastic life.
Production and Coordination Manager: Vanessa Saraceno
Assistant: Martina Silvi
Animation and Design : Kryštof Kučera, Simona Koutna
Editing : Benni Atria
Sound editing and Sound mix : Antonio Giannantonio
Music : Real Miracolo
Subtitles : Chiara Siravo
Pauline Curnier Jardin and Feel Good Cooperative
Fireflies (Lucciole), 2021
Fireflies is a 2021 film by Pauline Curnier Jardin in collaboration with Feel Good Cooperative, a social collective founded by the artist, an architect and a group of sex workers in Rome in 2020, in an effort to provide financial assistance to the sex workers of the Italian capital during the initial lockdown in the pandemic. The film was shot in the peripheries of Rome, where in ancient times there used to be fireflies, while today there is a freeway, and cars hitting the road with their headlights. Eventually, with their passing, they act like searchlights that occasionally spot sex workers
walking or posing at the edge of the street. The film follows their erratic flashing and in a nostalgic night-blue light offers glimpses of visibility to the otherwise invisible bodies of these contemporary lucciole, to their braziers,
their vinyl boots, bonfires and griefs.
A film by Pauline Curnier Jardin and Feel Good Cooperative
Producer: Jacqui Davies, PRIMITIVE FILM
Starring: Alexandra Lopez / Barby de Martinez / Diana Veruzca Martinez / Gilda Star / Yuli
Director of Photography: Julien Hogert
Editor: Benni Atria
Sound Designer : Antonio Giannantonio
Casting: Alexandra Lopez
Line Producer: Mônica Hirano
1st Camera Assistant: Francesco Calisi
Sound Recordist: Azzura Stirpe
Assistant to Director & Driver: Colin Ledoux
Driver 2: Michele Nicolleti
Catering: Renan Mendes
Performers, Costume & Make-up by the Feel Good Cooperative
In collaboration with HKW Berlin and CRAC Occitanie
Roda Abdalle, IDENTITY
In the film, we follow Loui, a young man who is searching for his inner self identity. Loui locked himself in the space to find his persona, and there he meets his second inner self.
Video based on the book ‘The Age of Surveillance Capitalism’ by Shoshana Zuboff. I filmed myself without sound, therefore creating a space of positive self-censorship for myself. I spoke about the paranoia, I experience as a result of being online. I overlayed the video with a summary of the book that I translated in google translate from one language to the next until it lost its meaning.