Capucine Vever and Anne-Sophie Turion, winners of the Michel Nessim Boukris prize

Could you each come back to your respective backgrounds and your practices?

Anne-Sophie Turion : After training in scenography, I quickly became a performer and author, combining staging, staging and interpretation. I have always worked on the border between the visual arts and the performing arts, trying to circulate between the spaces dedicated to them, whether it be the black box of the theater or the white cube of the art world, also articulating them with contextual proposals on site in public space. So many formats that are often irrigated by the question of the intimate, on how to bring out all that is of the order of the private and the everyday. My work raises the question of the possible shift from interior territories to common territories. These are projects that often have a documentary dimension and that question the areas of silence, fiction, exaggeration that favor the emergence of this interiority.

Capucine Weaver: I am a visual artist, and my approach is built on a relationship deeply rooted in reality and the territory. I work a lot from residences, time spent in territories that are foreign to me: I am interested in what is hidden, concealed, buried, invisible, in presences that manifest themselves in a rather tenuous way. I evolve between film, drawing, photography and the installation of sculptural forms and each project somehow finds its support of incarnation so that the chosen medium dialogues and faces meaning with the issues raised.

Can you tell us about the projects that you are carrying out, which have been rewarded by the Michel Nessim Boukris Prize 2021? To carry them out, you respectively went on residences abroad, in Dakar for you Capucine and in Kyoto, at Villa Kujoyama, for you Anne-Sophie. How did things go there?

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Capucine Weaver: Dunking Island is a 35min video and sound installation that is played on six screens and eight speakers, inviting you to wander freely without having the possibility of an overview on all the screens. The public is projected into the heart of a drift on the outskirts of the Island of Gorée, located in the bay of Dakar. The viewpoints of the cameras are those of the ocean rising and eroding the memory island of the slave trade. The ocean is the central character here, its undertows, its traffic, its voice and its memory accompany us in its vertiginous and metaphorical immensity. The 9-week residency at the Kër Thiossane center in Dakar in 2021 allowed me to carry out field work during which I met about twenty people: threatened inhabitants, fishermen, historians, and scientists. I wanted to tackle the issue of rising water from the ocean and not from the island, this desire to move the gaze of the camera and to move away from the coast forced me to carry out a diving training 5 weeks in Dakar to be able to think about the aesthetics of the desired images. This time of immersion in the ocean was very intense and nourished the reflection on the images. The shooting took place during the last month of residency, we experimented with the director of photography Léo Leibovici with a set of different capture devices.

Anne Sophie Turion : Tail is both a show and an exhibition, which revolves around the phenomenon of hikikomori in Japan. These are people who live as recluses in their homes, sometimes for several years. It is a form of social disappearance, a phenomenon that affects almost a million people. On site, the choreographer Eric Minh Cuong Castaing and I were able to do a first scouting in 2020, which allowed us to start working with an association for the reintegration of hikikomori. The residency in 2022 at Villa Kujoyama then allowed Anne-Sophie Turion and Éric Minh Cuong Castaing to immerse themselves for a few months in the life of an association for the reintegration of hikikomori and to establish strong contact with some of them. them. A performative experience combining cinema, speech and choreography, HIKU creates the conditions for an encounter that seems impossible: that of the French public with these individuals who have experienced radical social withdrawal.

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