This exhibition brings together for the first time several works by Chris Marker (b. 1921), one of the most high-profile figures of recent media history. While films such as La jetée and Sans soleil are regarded as cinema classics, Marker’s intellectual curiosity has produced pioneering contributions in other fields: from the written word and photography to books, video, CD-Rom, and multimedia installations like Silent Movie, a work celebrating the hundredth anniversary of the cinematic medium. His works link language and image in a particularly haunting manner. Important themes for Marker such as memory and social commitment feature prominently in his latest work, Staring Back: powerful portraits of people over six decades, met by chance while traveling, or contemporary historical figures such as Simone Signoret, Akira Kurosawa, Salvador Dalí, or Fidel Castro. Marker’s shot selection reveals a characteristic interplay between the perspective of the observer and the observed.
Publication (out of print)
Chris Marker. Abschied vom Kino / A Farewell to Movies, With pictures and texts by Chris Marker, introduced by Andres Janser, D/E, approx. 64 pages, Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, CHF 18h