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Contemporary French video art on show

ENTRE-TEMPS - The Artist as a Narrator," an exhibition of video works on loan from the Paris Museum of Modern Art, is currently on display at Minsheng Art Museum through June 26.

The exhibit features sundry video pieces from 20 contemporary French artists, including Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Douglas Gordon and Pierre Huyghe, which provides an overall picture of French contemporary video art to the local public.

"The works have been made understandable for Chinese visitors since everything is subtitled," says Odile Burluraux, one of the curators of the exhibition. "The videos contain a lot of different aspects of contemporary creations such as the relationship between time and space."

For example, Ange Liccia's "Sabatina" from 1996 shows an adolescent girl's head underwater, her face suspended beneath the liquid surface like an inexplicable Ophelia (the tragic figure in Shakespeare's "Hamlet").

Moving and ambiguous, floating and fluid, the eyes of the girl are wide open. Yet filtered and deformed from the liquid, she doesn't seem to be real.

Another piece created by Liccia in 1991 titled "The Sea" is also impressive.

The artist filmed his video from the rocky cape of Corsica. The shoreline, changing with the rhythmic tide, is reminiscent of a sine wave, the electronic frequency curve produced by a tape recorder.

By projecting this video onto a screen relative in size to a cinema screen, the artist combines various perceptions.

"Viderparis" created by Nicolas Moulin from 1998 to 2001 is another interesting piece shown at the exhibition.

In "Viderparis," which means "empty Paris," Moulin has created a video that systematically eliminates all traces of human occupation from the streets of Paris.

The artist patiently plays this game - using digital image manipulation, rather than erasing he conceals all evidence of habitation.

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