•contro-corrente #3

Exhibition contro-corrente #3_Fondation pour l’Art Contemporain Espace Ecureuil_Toulouse_2018

Ins­pi­red by Pier Pao­lo Paso­li­ni’s tra­vel dia­ry, La lun­ga stra­da di sab­bia, the jour­ney he made in 1959 along the Ita­lian coasts behind the wheel of his Mil­le­cen­to, I fol­lo­wed his same route, alone, behind the wheel of my van, from coast to coast, revi­si­ting the places he des­cri­bed 60 years ear­lier. I chose to split the iti­ne­ra­ry into three parts and fol­low it in the oppo­site direc­tion, to begin with the ter­ri­to­ry of his child­hood. His tra­vel dia­ry became my road­map and his poe­try my tra­vel­ling com­pa­nion ! This text, accom­pa­nied by the pho­to­graphs of Pao­lo di Pao­lo, was publi­shed in three parts in the maga­zine Suc­ces­so, bet­ween July and Sep­tem­ber ’59. It was the­re­fore lit­tle known until it was recent­ly publi­shed in book form (in Ita­ly, in Roman­zi e rac­con­ti edi­ted by Mon­da­do­ri Edi­tions in 1998 and in France, under the title La longue route de sable by Arléa Edi­tions in 1999). This sto­ry alrea­dy contains all his poe­try, his authen­tic and some­times inci­sive remarks on the state of this ter­ri­to­ry, his love for it…
Year in, year out, through dis­co­ve­ries and chance encoun­ters, I col­lec­ted many pho­to­graphs, video­gra­phies, sounds, words, objects, sand… with which I then com­po­sed the tri­lo­gy contro-cor­rente #1, #2 and #3, pre­sen­ted in audio-visual ins­tal­la­tions accom­pa­nied by the publi­ca­tion of my tra­vel dia­ries ( ono­ma­to edi­tion sine ). (see details in pro­jects cc#1, cc#2 & #cc3).

•contro-cor­rente #3 retraces the three-month jour­ney along the entire sou­thern part of Ita­ly, from Pes­ca­ra going from the east to the west coast, pas­sing through Sici­ly, and final­ly ending the trip at the Lido di Ostia. This last stop on La lun­ga stra­da di sab­bia is also the place where Pier Pao­lo Paso­li­ni was sava­ge­ly mur­de­red.


Ins­pi­rée par le récit de Pier Pao­lo Paso­li­ni, “La lun­ga stra­da di sab­bia”, ce voyage qu’il réa­li­sa en 1959, lon­geant le lit­to­ral ita­lien au volant de sa Mil­le­cen­to, j’ai moi-même repris cette route, seule, au volant de ma camion­nette, de côte en côte, allant revi­si­ter les lieux qu’il décri­vait 60 ans aupa­ra­vant. J’ai choi­si de divi­ser l’itinéraire en trois étapes et de le suivre à contre-cou­rant pour débu­ter par le ter­ri­toire de son enfance. Son jour­nal est deve­nu ma feuille de route et sa poé­sie mon com­pa­gnon de voyage ! Ce texte, accom­pa­gné des pho­to­gra­phies de Pao­lo di Pao­lo, fut publié de juillet à sep­tembre 59 dans trois numé­ros de la revue “Suc­ces­so”. Il fut donc peu connu, jusqu’à ce qu’il soit nou­vel­le­ment dif­fu­sé sous forme de livre (en Ita­lie, dans le recueil “Roman­zi e rac­con­ti” édi­té par les édi­tions Mon­da­do­ri, en 1998 et en France, sous le titre “La longue route de sable” par les édi­tions Arléa, en 1999). Ce récit recèle déjà toute sa poé­sie, ses remarques authen­tiques, inci­sives par­fois, sur l’état de ce ter­ri­toire, son amour pour celui-ci…
D’année en année, au fil des décou­vertes et des ren­contres for­tuites, j’ai col­lec­té de nom­breuses pho­to­gra­phies, vidéo­gra­phies, des sons, des mots, des objets, du sable… avec les­quels j’ai ensuite com­po­sé la tri­lo­gie “contro-cor­rente #1, #2 et #3” que j’ai pré­sen­tée sous forme d’installations audio-visuelles accom­pa­gnées de la publi­ca­tion de mes jour­naux de voyage ( ono­ma­to edi­tion sine ). (voir détail dans pro­jects cc#1, cc#2 & #cc3).

•“contro-cor­rente #3” retrace le par­cours de trois mois, en repar­tant de Pes­ca­ra pour lon­ger tout le sud de l’Italie, de la côte est à la côte ouest, en pas­sant par la Sicile, et enfin ter­mi­ner le voyage au Lido di Ostia. Cette der­nière étape sur “La lun­ga stra­da di sab­bia” est éga­le­ment le lieu où Pier Pao­lo Paso­li­ni fut sau­va­ge­ment assas­si­né.


For more details see the video atta­ched https://vimeo.com/279669336

with the sup­port of the Fon­da­tion pour l’Art Contem­po­rain Espace Ecureuil_Toulouse and the Châ­teau Coquelle_Dunkerque

The project title <i>contro-corrente</i> print on orange adhesive letters on both front doors of my van. (Picture taken in Calabria)

Exhibition view <i>contro-corrente #3</i>, Fondation pour l'Art Contemporain Espace Ecureuil, Toulouse, 2018. (All Photographs exhibition views © François Talairach)

<i>Cartographie #2</i>, Toulouse, 2018 + 32 <i>Portraits liste</i>, 2018

<i>Portraits liste</i>, list of 12 to 15 titles of books or music, printed on paper, passe-partout, wood frame, 20x20 cm, 2018

<i>Cartographie #2</i>, graphite, black ink, felt-tip pens on paper, wood frame, 111x168 cm, 2018 (Photo © François Talairach)

<i>Cartographie #2</i>, 2018 (Detail. Photo © François Talairach)

<i>Prologue cc3</i>, texts from my travel diary, adhesive black letters, 506x294 cm, 2018

<i>Prologue cc3</i>, 2018 (detail)

<i>Palimpseste Topologique # 2, cc1</i>, black ink on tracing paper, lightbox, 40x50 cm, 2018

<i>Palimpseste Topologique # 3, cc2</i>, black ink on tracing paper, lightbox, 40x50 cm, 2016

<i>Palimpseste Topologique #4, cc3</i>, black ink on tracing paper, lightbox, 40x50 cm, 2015

<i>Omaggio a Pier Paolo Pasolini</i>, 2 pigmentary prints on cotton paper mountained on wood, 10x10 cm each, vase, bouquet of lilies, 2015-2018 (Detail)

<i>Buisson ardent, cc3</i>, laser print on dibond 3 mm, 225x150 cm, 2018

Exhibition view, in the corner : <i>Lido di Ostia</i> (Sand collected at <i>Idroscalo</i>, place where Pasolini was savagely murdered), 2014-2017

<i>Giardino di Ercole</i>, video HD, wood frame, 27,5x36 cm, 2018

<i>Sicilia, cc3</i>, 2 pigmentary prints on cotton paper, american box, 30x45 cm each, 2018

<i>Sicilia, cc3</i> (Detail)

<i>Sicilia, cc3</i> (Detail)

Installation <i>Mola di Bari, cc3</i>, 1 print on blue back mountained on the wall, 250x167 cm, 11 pigmentary prints on cotton paper, various sizes mountained on wood or framed, 2018

<i>Mola di Bari, cc3</i> (Detail)

<i>Mola di Bari, cc3</i> (Detail)

<i>P1020291, Foce Varano, cc3</i>, various sizes, 2017

<i>P1040416, Siracusa, cc3</i>, various sizes, 2017

<i>P1030062, Taranto, cc3</i>, various sizes, 2017

Installation <i>Clair obscur, cc3</i>, 11 pigmentary prints on cotton paper, various sizes mountained on wood or framed, 2018

<i>Passion, cc3</i>, 20 pigmentary prints on cotton paper mountained on wood, red wall, 15x15 cm each, 2018

Installation <i>Idroscalo, cc3</i>, 1 print on blue back mountained on the wall, 167x250 cm, 24 pigmentary prints on cotton paper, various sizes mountained on wood or framed, 2018

<i>Idroscalo, cc3</i>, 2018 (Detail)

<i>Idroscalo, cc3</i>, 2018 (Detail)

Installation <i>Pompei, cc3</i>, 1 print on blue back mountained on the wall, 167x250 cm, 24 pigmentary prints on cotton paper, various sizes mountained on wood, 2018

<i>Pompei, cc3</i>, 2018 (Detail)

<i>Pompei, cc3</i>, 2018 (Detail)

<i>Bandiera</i>, video HD, sound, red wall, 2018

<i>Bandiera</i> (detail), adhesive grey letters, red wall (French translation of a passage from the funeral oration of Alberto Moravia at Pasolini's funeral)

<i>Vitrine cc3</i>, 2018 (Detail)

<i>contro corrente, terza parte</i>, video HD, 20:34 mn, 2018 (Exhibition view © Enis Vardar)

<i>Padre Pio</i>, projection on sail, fan, 2018