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PARRENO, Philippe

PARRENOBorn in 1964.

Lives and works in Paris.

Philippe Parreno loosens the coordinates which fix the roles of the artist, the image and the image’s visibility. Through a process of non-authoritarian creation he allows for new narratives to unfold where actual and fictive time and space bifurcate and confront one another. In Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait (2006), his feature film made in collaboration with Douglas Gordon, 17 movie cameras placed around a stadium follow Zinedine Zidane throughout one football game. Neither documentary nor fiction, the film causes the real, the image and its commentary to collide and pull apart. Like fireflies, Parreno’s many collaborators, characters and images flicker and fade away in non-linear, episodic eruptions.

His large movie theater marquee installed on the facade of the Guggenheim in 2008 twinkles schizophrenically then goes black over and over again. Also on a time loop, his film 1968 (2009) represents the train voyage which carried Robert F. Kennedy’s coffin from New York to Washington, D.C. The chilling images of the past come back to haunt us, appear and disappear ceaslessly.

Most recently, Parreno has embarked on a series of retro­spectives, each one different, at the Kunsthalle Zurich in May 2009, the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris in June 2009, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin in November 2009, soon at the Center for Curatorial Studies and Art in Contemporary Culture, Bard College, Annadale-on-Hudson, New York in June 2010 and the Serpentine Gallery, London, in November 2010.


Philippe Parreno was nominator for the Rencontres d’Arles with Hans-Ulrich Obrist in 2010. They nominated the following artists: Darius Khondji; Hans-Peter FeldmannKazuo Shinohara; Shannon Ebner; Taryn Simon and Trisha Donnelly.