We mostly know Varda as a groundbreaking French filmmaker closely associated with the New Wave.
Photo by: Agnès Varda handprints in Cannes (France), 2008, K'm
Her “thing” often involved connecting the line between what was commonly accepted as fiction and nonfiction and defying the boundaries of gender. Over a six-decade-plus career she made dramas and documentaries, exploring feminism, memory and mortality through vehemence and fantasy alike.
Varda is regarded as one of the most influential creative personalities of our time, who reinvented herself constantly in the course of her life's work, which spanned many geographies and spaces. Her films are set in streets and homes, prisons and villages, unceasingly plunging the viewer deeper into the vessel of a human soul. One of her latest films was made in collaboration with the street artist JR, where they went on a journey around French country side, meeting random people and documenting their encounters on camera.
Photo by: Agnès Varda at Guadalajara Film Festival
However, Varda’s last creative period is overall lesser known to a common public. It began in 2003 at the Venice Biennale where she debuted with Patatutopia and comprises installation works that reflect Varda's joy in experimenting between documentary and the fiction formats, her poetic, abstract realism, and her sensitive observations of socio-political issues in various visual media. The most comprehensive solo exhibition in Germany to date on this third and last creative period of Agnès Varda, who died in 2019, is now on view at Silent Green in Wedding. This very special show is curated by two of her best friends, Dominique Bluher and Julia Fabry.
The exhibition presents her latest cross-media installations – photographs, films, and videos – which reveal her experimentation with the still and moving images, across genres and forms. Varda excels in opening up new dimensions for her audiences and in, often through a very banal story, creating a new meaning, shining truth on to simple things. At Silent Green, visitors are taken on an immersive journey through 20 photo-video installations that vividly interweave the many layers of Varda’s work.
The show ends on July 20th with an open-air screening of her Vagabond (Sans toit ni loi).
We also recommend watching Varda’s following films: