• Catherine PONCIN, guest of honor and chairman of the jury

Crossings Although Catherine Poncin has often conducted archive research, she has rarely shared her passion for Literature and Art History. Her passions underlie her research and are reflected in her works, which are rearranged to echo some
story, some moment or some book. Narrative echoes Myth.

Putting these images into a new context is at the core of her language. One can read the evocation of Cain and Abel, Leda or Diana and her stag between the lines fragmenting her montages.

From the fields of men Bobigny has been an immigrating territory for decades.
Foreigners are a large part of the population. More than 80 nationalities live together and many newcomers settle there every year, giving this territory an undeniable cultural richness. However, many inhabitants are unaware of the city’s history.
The new multi-cultural aspect of the city was determining in my decision to work on the issue of people and territories

... ́Catherine Poncin fait partie de ceux qui s’emparent des archives et cherchent les moyens de les faire résonner – pour nous faire ressentir ce que les acteurs les plus modestes de l’Histoire ont pu vivre.

When the altarpiece becomes the archive of present time. These images glued on wooden slabs, represent missing persons’ portraits that their families regularly display in public places. They have been reproduced many times, duplicated, exposed
to the weather. If the families’ quest to find their missing ones does not weaken, their images, undeniably, fade away over the course of time.

Catherine Poncin, Le passé amplifié. Michel Poivert - Editions Filigranes - 2015

Catherine PONCIN, guest of honor and chairman of the jury

Catherine Poncin was born in 1953.
She lives and works between Paris and Tangier, Morocco.

Memory and archive are the subjects of research that the artist explores across borders. She meets cartes blanches and carries out personal works in which she explores many scopes of heritage: historical,architectural, industrial, literary, scientific, sociological and political ones.

The artist finds anonymous photographs on markets, takes another look on family albums, reveals archive collections, and questions the flow of images on the web.

Then she duplicates them and absorbs this iconographic material.
The resulting art creations are shaped into photographic works, artist’s books, videos, films, installations, performances, workshops and publishing They are presented by Art Culture & Co, the gallery Les Filles du Calvaire and are part of public and private collections.