Gerard Petrus Fieret
Gerard Petrus Fieret
Past: May 26 → August 28, 2016
“What I aim at with my photography is anarchy: in the context of a conservative society, my photographs are aggressive. Intense life, passion — a healthy passion for life — that is what they are about”
G. P. Fieret
LE BAL is presenting a monographic exhibition devoted to Dutch artist, poet and photographer Gerard P. Fieret (1924-2009), the first to take place outside Holland. His output included some of the strangest and most subversive works produced in Europe in the 1960s and 1970s. Fieret was self-taught and, between 1965, the year he acquired his first camera (a Praktiflex) and the end of the 1970s, he was an obsessional and insatiable photographer, taking pictures of anything and everything: women, legs, children, shop windows, street scenes, himself, more women — models, students, young mothers, dancers, strangers, as well as breasts, buttocks, legs, necks and other body parts. Through his photographs, as through unsilvered mirrors, he achieved the paradox of revealing himself and asserting his presence in the world by hiding behind a camera.
He always took black and white photos. Blacks that were thick, sometimes blurred, but always luminous. They were often enlarged to his favourite 60 × 80 cm format, an unusual size for the time. Fieret was transgressive, unconventional and yet timeless; he would disfigure the image and distort reality in search of “something supernatural, a sense of the eternal”. The BAL exhibition presents 200 contemporary prints, rescued from extreme production conditions and a nomad existence between studios and shelters. They were obtained using chemicals and out-of-date photographic paper — sometimes dried and burnt with a candle, deliberately exposed to the wear and tear of everyday life in the form of dust, footprints, scratches, mouse droppings and pigeon shit. Most of them are compulsively signed and stamped by their author. They bear the marks of constant abuse, while at the same time being the ultimate proof of a vanished fervency.
Exhibition coproduced by LE BAL, CAMERA — Centro Italiano per la Fotografia à Turin and the Fotomuseum Den Haag à La Haye.
And made in collaboration with Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, Universiteit Leiden, Van Abbemuseum, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Huis Marseille Museum for Photography, Deborah Bell Photographs, Kahmann Gallery.
Marx en scène — Le Capital, un film impossible ?
Thursday, May 19 at 8 PM
Dans Two Impossible Films, Mark Lewis revient sur deux projets mythiques de l’histoire du cinéma : celui de Samuel Goldwyn proposant à Freud d’écrire une histoire d’amour; celui d’Eisenstein de porter à l’écran Le Capital de Marx.
Rencontre avec Antoine d’Agata
Thursday, June 2 at 8 PM
Antoine d’Agata, photographe et cinéaste s’entretient avec Diane Dufour, co-commissaire de l’exposition Gerard Petrus Fieret. À partir d’extraits de films et de projections d’images, tous deux reviennent sur les enjeux d’une pratique visuelle qui tend vers la dissolution du regard.
Génération Tian’anmen — Discussion entre Patrick Zachmann et Pierre Haski
Friday, June 3 at 8 PM
Depuis trente ans, le photographe Patrick Zachmann parcourt la Chine, qu’il a découverte à travers le cinéma.
À l’occasion de l’anniversaire du massacre de Tian’anmen, le 4 juin 1989, il s’entretient avec Pierre Haski, directeur de Rue89, journaliste et ancien correspondant de Libération à Pékin.
Cesser d’être un — Laurent Goldring et Marika Rizzi
June 8 → 9
As part of the JUNE EVENTS festival, the Atelier de Paris-Carolyn Carlson/Centre de développement chorégraphique and LE BAL have joined forces to present Laurent Goldring’s performed artwork.
Concert ELG — Marion Cousin & Gaspar Claus
Saturday, June 11 at 8 PM
Sur l’invitation de Borja Flames, musicien (Nacer Blanco — Le Saule), avec la complicité de Maxime Guitton, programmateur indépendant, sont réunis au BAL pour un concert exceptionnel ÈLG et le duo Marion Cousin & Gaspar Claus, à l’occasion de la sortie de leur nouvel album respectif.
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Le petit tour : #1 Rome — Soirée performative
Thursday, June 23 at 8 PM
In light of the significant shifts which are occurring currently in Europe (politics, economics, identity, society and migratory), a group of students, artists, thinkers and uknowns came together to work on the notion of territory from the historic European town of Rome, a both symbolic a real place.
Marx en scène Le Capital illustré : Jean Baptiste Ganne et Julien Prévieux — Avec Emmanuelle André, Jean-Baptiste Ganne, Pascal Mougin et Dork Zabunyan
Thursday, June 30 at 8 PM
In light of the significant shifts which are occurring currently in Europe (politics, economics, identity, society and migratory), a group of students, artists, thinkers and unknowns came together to work on the notion of territory from the historic European town of Rome, a both symbolic a real place.
Lecture performée par Piyush Wadhera et Vsantha Yogananthan — Concert projection de Katrin Koenning et Sarker Protick
Friday, July 1 8 PM → 11 PM
Le BAL BOOKS invite Piyush Wadhera, Vasantha Yogananthan, Katrin Koenning et Sarker Protick pour une soirée performée, à l’occasion de la sortie de leur livre.
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Gerard Petrus Fieret