Visionary filmmaker, photographer, writer, and multimedia artist, Chris Marker emerged in postwar Paris initially gaining renown for his films that include the seminal work, La Jetée (1962). Subsequently he would create a lasting influence across media and through his writings on the ways in which we consider time, memory, and observation of contemporary life. Past exhibited works spanning the 1950s to the 2010s demonstrate Marker’s reach across the globe and time. Whether chronicling political dissent, or postwar North Korea, poetically documenting the famous, or the anonymous of the Paris Metro, his works ultimately create a telling self-portrait of the legendarily reclusive artist. They offer a revealing look at his ironic yet impassioned view of the modern world and people coping with it, illustrating his perpetual inquisitiveness directed toward people’s lives. Also evoking or counterpointing his films that often question the linearity of narration and history, his works explore Marker’s archive of memory. They create new dialogues and new connections, while recalling definitive moments of a life lived behind the camera.
Chris Marker was born in Paris in 1921 and died in Paris in 2012. Selected solo exhibitions include: Centre Pompidou, Paris (2018, 2013, 1997); Cinémathèque Française, Paris (2018); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2014); MIT List Visual Arts Center and Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (2013); Moscow Photobiennale (2012); Les Rencontres d’Arles de la Photographie, Arles (2011); Centre de la Photographie, Geneva (2011); Beirut Art Center (2009); The Museum of Modern Art, New York (2005, 1995); Hong Kong Arts Centre (2005); Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona (1999).
Marker’s archive is being preserved by the Cinémathèque française. A large-scale exhibition of the archive was held at the Cinémathèque française in 2018.
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