Antoine D’Agata – The Bare Life
SCREENING WHITE NOISE
The film, with a duration of 4 hours, will be screened in two sessions of 180 minutes each.
Dates: Friday 20 and Saturday 21 November 2020 Schedule: 5.30pm Location: Arts Santa Mònica
THE BARE LIFE
Antoine d’Agata, deliberately takes sides with “the part of the devil” (Guy Debord) which allows him to be in contact with reality. His photograph is a political work, if we understand this term in a non-restrictive way. In this sense, we cannot oppose what he calls for convenience “images of the day”, linked to historical and war contexts (Libya, Auschwitz, Cambodia …) and the “night images” related to his sexual and narcotic adventures. Despite the formal differences between them, all his images come from the same world, the world of contemporary alienation. Antoine d’Agata feels that he belongs to the same “dirty species” (repeating the Michel Foucault quote) as his photographed models. Social classes considered “dangerous”, understood as collateral damage of contemporary capitalism (spectacular and globalized), carry within it the germ of rebellion against all established orders (economic, racial and sexual). The obscenity of the bodies photographed by Antoine d ‘Agata must be understood as the radical counterfield (the firewall) of a social and popular obscenity, more committed and fearful In the face of the economic, social and media pornography of our contemporary world, only “propaganda by the facts” of performing senseless acts is capable of fostering new forms of embarrassment, that is, of creating new situations.
Born in Marseilles, Antoine d’Agata left France in 1983 and remained overseas for the next ten years. Finding himself in New York in 1990, he pursued an interest in photography by taking courses at the International Center of Photography, where his teachers included Larry Clark and Nan Goldin. During his time in New York, in 1991-92, d’Agata worked as an intern in the editorial department of Magnum, but despite his experiences and training in the US, after his return to France in 1993, he took a four-year break from photography. His first books of photographs, De Mala Muerte, and Mala Noche, were published in 1998, and the following year Galerie Vu began distributing his work. In 2001, he published Hometownand won the Niépce Prize for young photographers. He continued to publish regularly: Vortex and Insomnia appeared in 2003, accompanying his exhibition 1001 Nuits, which opened in Paris in September; Stigma was published in 2004, and Manifeste in 2005. In 2004 d’Agata joined Magnum Photos and in the same year, shot his first short film, Le Ventre du Monde (The World’s Belly); this experiment led to his long feature film Aka Ana, shot in 2006 in Tokyo. Since 2005 Antoine d’Agata has had no settled place of residence but has worked around the world.