Emmanuelle Antille -Tornadoes of My Heart-

Emmanuelle Antille -Tornadoes of My Heart-

2006 10.07 - 11.02

Press Release

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“Tornadoes of My Heart - Kill me twice, dear friend, dear enemy-”

7th October - 2nd November, 2006
Reception : 7th October 18:00 - 20:00

nca | nichido contemporary art is pleased to present Swiss artist, Emmanuelle Antille’s first solo exhibition in Tokyo, Japan. The show will present “Kill me twice, dear friend, dear enemy” from “Tornadoes of My Heart”

The exhibition title, “Tornadoes of my heart” is the generic title of a new body of work including three video installations, a series of thirty photographs and a feature film.
In this whole project, the artist developed the theme of teenagehood through its various aspects: codes and rituals, diary, language, friendship, family and relationship inside a community.
For this project, Antille worked during one year with the teenagers acting in the videos. She spent time with them and their families, listened to their stories, met their friends and trained them for acting. All these preparation phases, close to the way of making a documentary film, brought a lot to the project and created a very strong intimacy that could be felt afterwards in the final images.

This installation, “Kill me twice, dear friend, dear enemy”, is composed by two video projections presenting two boys of seventeen years old, two friends gone for a walk in the middle of nowhere. The videos draw their portraits and the very specific nature of their relationship. Those images are shown together with a recurrent sequence of a tornado. This installation places the viewer directly in the heart of this “love/hate” relationship, deep inside this exclusive friendship at the specific moment where the two teenagers’ lives are about to change forever, where through death the two of them will become a one and unique body.

Emmanuelle Antille has become one of Switzerland’s most important video artists. Antille’s films stand on the thin border between video and cinema. Her films come from every day life, from social and family gatherings. The excess with which those films are staged allows her to analyse human behaviours.
Her recent shows: the Renaissance Society in Chicago (2003) , the Swiss Pavillon at the Venice Biennial (2003), Gallery Akinci, Amsterdam (2004), CCA, Glasgow (2004), Sammlung Goetz, Munich (2004), Site Gallery, Sheffield (2004), Art Unlimited, Basel (2004), Centre pour l’image contemporaine Saint-Gervais, Geneva (2005), Musee du Jeu de Paume, Paris (2005), Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich (2006), Institut Suisse de Rome, (2006)

Born 1972 in Lausanne Switzerland. Lives and works in Lausanne Switzerland.
She studied at ESAV, Geneva (1991-96), Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam (1997-1998)

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