Le peuple qui manque 


2014, Cinema permanent / Film Program

There have been various systems of cinematographic representation under the

prism of discovering “the other”. Historically these have exalted the idea

of “elsewhere” and its incommensurability. Several visual systems are based on this kind of “visual orientalism”: ethnographic

cinema (which claims to represent non-Western cultures in a transparent way), visual and cultural tourism (with its well-

known connotations, from postcards of exotic vistas, to travel diaries), optical control devices in war contexts, and the “misery porn” of humanitarian photojournalism. In the form of a “permanent cinema”, this video work offers several strategies

developed in film by contemporary artists who violate this “colonialism of seeing”, putting authority in the production of images into a state of crisis, and inviting a shifting of this visual exoticism.


L. van Brummelen & S. de Haan, Episode of the SeaFilm still

Aliocha Imhoff and Kantuta Quirós are cultural theorists and curators based in Paris and the founders of the curatorial platform le peuple qui

manque (a people is missing). Working at the intersection between art

and research, le peuple qui manque have initiated many exhibitions, curatorial projects, international conferences, festivals, retrospectives, film screenings and publications


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