Disappearing operations

An exhibition constituted of several events
A graduate thesis, a material/immaterial show
Paris and peripheries, December 2016
Session 1. Filiations.
Screening of Sol Negro (Black Sun) with Mille soleils by Mati Diop.
Cinéma Le Méliès (Montreuil).
In partnership with Cinéma 93 and the department of Seine-Saint-Denis.

Session 2. Opérations pour une disparition.
Performance by Laura Huertas Millan in collaboration with Lyes Hammadouche
Followed by a DJ set by Eva Revox. 
Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers.

Session 3. Frictions ethnographiques.
A screening-performance created in collaboration with Charlotte Bayer-Broc. 
Beaux-Arts de Paris, Amphithéâtre d’Honneur

Session 4. L’exposition invisible.
An afternoon with Raimundas Malasauskas
Beaux-Arts de Paris, Amphithéâtre d’Honneur

Exhibition supported by:
Université Paris Sciences et Lettres, Beaux-Arts de Paris, École Normale Supérieur rue d’Ulm, Film Study Center and Sensory Ethnography Lab (Harvard University), d’Arquetopia – Fundación para el desarrollo, Videobrasil, Evidencia Films, Les Films du Worso, Cinéma 93, Department of Seine-Saint-Denis, Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, La Fémis, Le Fresnoy - Studio national des arts contemporains, Programa C – Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellín

Disappearing operations
Opérations de la disparition (Operations of disappearance)
Opérations disparaissantes (Operations that disappear) 
Opérations pour disparaître (Operations for disappearing) 

has been conceived as a travelling exhibition that is both visible and invisible, viewable and unviewable.

“Opérations de la disparition” (Operations of disappearance): the inquiry begins with a series of films on exoticism, inspired by the imagery of a tropical, neo-colonial elsewhere that haunts cinema, anthropology and popular culture. There is a persistent need to understand how entire communities become marginalised through stigmatising or archetypal representations under the pretext that they are so-called “others” — apprehended here as aesthetic operations for invisibilising certain communities and thus excluding them from collective, political and social debate.

“Opérations disparaissantes” (Operations that disappear), a series of one-off experiences/experiments. Performances or performative situations linked to cinematographic screening. Film as a series of rituals, to be constantly invented and renewed — histrionic games and stagings. An exhibition made up of a series of brief encounter. The empty time between them, populated by the echoes of what has been seen, and expectations of what is to come, are also considered an inherent aspect of the exhibition — even if we cannot see or view anything during these intervals.

“Opérations pour disparaître” (Operations for disappearing). Gradually, travelling, moving about begins to emerge as the symptom of my constant desire to leave, like the palpitation of a hidden, secret morbidity that I communicate with by taking flight. But this impulse for movement also manifests the latent states of desire, which is precisely what keeps me going, the hopes of metamorphosis that allow for adventures and mysterious quests. And at this point the gestures towards my own disappearance (or death?), the constant state of uprootedness, become signs of health, the possibilities of a passionate shiver, the camouflaged resistance against an identity break-down:

If you meet your parents in Hamburg or elsewhere
Pass them like strangers, turn the corner, don't recognise them
Pull the hat they gave you over your face
Do not, oh do not, show your face
Erace your traces!

Disappearing operations is an exhibition composed of works that grew out of my graduate research Eclats et absences. Fictions ethnographiques  (Shards and absences. Ethnographic fictions) whose point of departure was an antagonism with ethnography, but which ultimately sought to see ethnography as a fertile ground for developing fictions. The exhibition will involve five sessions in five different venues – and the vacant time of absence between them.