At first, Foyer seems to be a projection without film, where the only thing visible is a palpitating white screen. Voices accompany this white emptiness. They are coming from people who approach the cameraman at work on the film, questioning him about what he is doing. In turn, an amateur photographer, a curious passerby, a policeman and a group of young men all approach the man filming. As the situation develops, the discussions reveal to the spectators the principles of a film experience in progress, of the film they are actually watching. The film experience intrigues people, it interrogates and ultimately transforms the camera into a foyer (in the sense of a hearth), around which people gather to speak, discuss and listen. At first centred on the camera, these conversations quickly reveal singular points of view, which trace the forms of a particular social and political landscape. They offer a glimpse of the context in which a tentative work experience is unfolding, searching for its way in the agitated world.
Creations / Parcours
Ismaïl Bahri (Tunis)
Ismaïl Bahri lives and works in Paris. His work incorporates many cultural and aesthetic references, developing visual experiments that are both sensitive and precise. The results of these experiments take varying forms – drawings, videos, photographs, installations, and hybrids of these forms. The basic materials used in these works are manipulated and ultimately transformed, often through mechanically inspired gestures and procedures that are related, in one way or another, to cinema or photography. (Gilles Baume)
Ismaïl Bahri’s work has been presented at the Criée Centre d’Art Contemporain (Rennes), Les Eglises (Chelles), Sharjah Foundation (Sharjah), Staatliche Kunsthalle (Karlsruhe), Kunst Im Tunnel (Düsseldorf), the British Film Institute (London), and Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (Lisbon). His films have been shown in many festivals such as TIFF (Toronto), NYFF (New York), IFFR (Rotterdam), FID (Marseille) amongst others. More recently, his video works were exhibited at the Jeu de Paume (Paris).