Cinemaniac 2008: Babette Mangolte / Ana Husman / Dora Katanic
curated by: Branka Bencic / Anke kempkes
MMC Luka / Pula Film Festival
Istarska 30. Pula, Croatia
20. 7 - 10. 8.
Cinemaniac is a sidebar program of the Pula Film Festival since 2002. The exhibition presents innovations and ideas concerning the presentation of works of film and video in the gallery context, where the infrastructure of the film festival provides a contextual and organizational platform as well as collaborative model. The exhibition works as an active context that enables the presentation of works of art. It is a meeting place that integrates social, cultural, technological, media, and aesthetic aspects, a meeting point for art, artists, institutions, and the audience. It investigates the relationship between film and visual arts by presenting recent Croatian and international production, as well as anthological videos, experimental films and multimedia installations.
Cinemaniac 2008 is presenting the works of Babette Mangolte at the Aneks Gallery and two emerging Croatian artists at the MMC Luka Gallery – Ana Hušman and Dora Katanić, by works that question certain relationships towards social norms and culture codes, as well as inclination to film references. One Song a Day Takes Mischief Away painting cycle by Dora Katanić parts from the famous Croatian film, a part of popular culture and film heritage. Ana Hušman’s installation includes some of the props used during the shooting of the film Lunch and creates an atmosphere of a bourgeois saloon. The use of humour and criticism for the interpretation of etiquette in the film ironizes rules for good manners.
Babette Mangolte was born and raised in France. As a cinematographer, director and photographer, she has been present in the contemporary art, film, dance, theatre and performance scene since the 1970s. In the course of her move to New York City Mangolte started directing films based on experimental narrative in her first features What Maisie Knew (1975), The Camera: Je, La Camera: I (1977) and short film (NOW) that will be screened at the gallery. From the beginning of her practice on, Babette Mangolte did groundbreaking camera work in her collaborations with film director Chantal Akerman and performance artist Yvonne Rainer. Her film work has been presented in numerous international film festivals and museum’s film programs, e.g. at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Her films are in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, Centre Pompidou. A new film installation of the artist recently premiered at the Berlin Biennial 5.The Babette Mangolte presentation as part of the cinemania[c] exhibition organized within the 55th Pula Film Festival is the first presentation of the works of this artist in Croatia. The exhibition includes her early films and photographs from the mid-1970s in which she explores the relationship between photography and film, as well as space, film language and subjectivity construction.
Artists will be present at the opening. The exhibition is organized in cooperation with Anke Kempkes/ Broadway 1602, New York.