Short film program 2 shows films that were produced in reaction to an exhibition.
France / 1984
27 min. / DCP / Original version with English subtitles
Varda shot this short essay on the site of an exhibition entitled Le vivant et l’artificiel, which took place at the St. Louis hospice in Avignon in 1984 and included anatomical models made of wax and plaster skulls. It tells the eventful story of an old house full of memories now up for sale and the doctor’s family that lives in it—as Agnès Varda imagines it. From time to time, the images recall surrealist poetry, from the turkey on the kitchen cooker with grass growing on it to the bathroom decked out in white flowers with a naked old woman sitting in it.
France / 2004
44 min. / 35 mm / Original version with English subtitles
Partners (The Teddy Bear Project) was the title of an exhibition at the Haus der Kunst in Munich at the end of 2003 that presented 1500 photos that all have one thing in common: there is a teddy bear in each photo– together with children, a whole family, naked women, sportspeople or soldiers—compiled by Canadian collector, curator, and artist Ydessa Hendeles. She was inspired by a photograph of her cousin Szlamus Zweigel, who was murdered in Auschwitz as a child. Varda asks Hendeles in Toronto about her motives and numerous people visiting the exhibition for their impressions.