For his first solo exhibition in Australia, Philippe Parreno activates a singular retrospective of his filmic works as an evolving cinematic experience within the gallery. As an orchestration of films, lighting, sound, and sculptural elements, the exhibition invites the visitor into a world that exists on the cusp between reality and fiction. Controlled live by a gallery technician, no one visit is ever the same.
Since 1988, when his first film Fleurs (1987) was presented as a background for a weather broadcast on French television, Philippe Parreno has sought to redefine the exhibition experience. Working with the exhibition itself as a medium, Parreno uses performance and programming to create scripted spaces within which a series of events unfolds.
Parreno is a collaborative artist whose practice encompasses film, sculpture, drawing, and performance. The dialogic nature of his work is evident in the films and exhibitions that have been produced through collaboration with artists, architects, musicians, composers and philosophers. Through work that draws on cinema, science fiction, architecture, the phantasmagorical, and the natural, Parreno merges reality and fiction to produce experiences that radically challenge our notions of reality, memory and the passage of time.
Parreno graduated from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Grenoble (1988), and the Institute des Hautes Etudes en Arts Plastique at the Palais de Tokyo (1989). He has held major solo exhibitions at The Park Avenue Armory, New York (2015), The Palais de Tokyo, Paris, (2013/14), Barbican Art Gallery, London (2013), The Serpentine Gallery, London (2010), and Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2009). Philippe Parreno is represented by Pilar Corrias, London, Air de Paris, Paris, Esther Schipper Gallery, Berlin, Barbara Gladstone, New York, and 1301 PE, Los Angeles. Parreno’s work is also currently on display at the Walker Art Centre.
Thenabouts was conceived alongside Parreno’s triumphant new commission for the Turbine Hall at the Tate Modern, Anywhen.