Carpenter Center Lecture: CHRISTIAN BOLTANSKI SPEAKS ON HIS WORK
November 15, 2012
CARPENTER CENTER LECTURE: AN EVENING WITH CHRISTIAN BOLTANSKI
Thursday, November 15, 6 pm
reception with the artist to follow
Artist Christian Boltanski speaks about his work, including the 3-channel video installation 6 septembres, which will be on view at the Carpenter Center in the Main Gallery.
Christian Boltanski is among the most prominent and celebrated artists of our time, works in video, photography, and installation to explore themes of death, memory, and loss. He has participated in Documenta V (1972), VI (1977), and VIII (1987). He has had major exhibitions at the Centre Georges Pompidou Paris (1984); the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and Los Angeles (1988), and at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (1990). Boltanski’s most recent solo exhibitions include the Park Avenue Armory, New York; Serpentine Gallery Summer Pavilion, London; and Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam, Netherlands in 2012. He represented France at the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011. Boltanski was born in Paris and lives and works in Malakoff, France.
6 Septembers: Starting with the notion of “I remember” and using headlines that have had an impact on his life as a point of departure, Christian Boltanski worked with the archives of newscasts from France's Institut national de l'audiovisuel, gathering footage of events which occurred on each of his birthdays: every September 6th from 1944, the day and year of his birth, to September 6th, 2004. . This unique film, projected slightly differently on three walls, is a meditation on memory, the implacable passing of time, and death. As with Boltanski's other works in video, installation, and photography, the project emphasizes the precariousness of our existence, but does so with luminosity and humor.