The Evil Eye, 2018
Video HD – color – 15 min
Production : Galerie Eva Hober / NoirmontArtproduction / Kazak Productions
In coproduction with ARTE / With the support of the CNAP – Image Mouvement
MARCEL DUCHAMP PRIZE 2018
Inspired by gatherings, community phenomena and the expression of today’s beliefs – no matter how erratic, widespread or deprived of purpose –, Clément Cogitore’s work is guided by a sense of ritual and the articulation of the sacred. Clément Cogitore responds to the generalized and trivialized circulation of images with a visual intensity and sense of story-telling that border on fantasy.
In The Evil Eye, the artist borrows promotional images and transforms them through an ambivalent staging. The narrative of a female voice travels through anonymous, stereotypical stock scenes taken from global banks that provide images for commercials and political campaigns. A large LED screen captures the attention in a paradoxically intimate space, where the authority of the dispositif and of the spectator both start to drift.
Marcella Lista, Art historian
Curator at Centre Georges Pompidou, National Museum of Modern Art