“When I discovered the photos that Antoine d’Agata took during the lockdown, I immediately thought of shooting a film for the 3e Scène. I saw it as an occasion to reveal this moment where creation cannot be expressed in closed theatres, but through unexpected media. Far from the operatic art, The bare life shows time standing still in these overcrowded hospitals and desolate cities.”The bare life draws us into a hallucinating journey: from the incandescent set of a city under lockdown, with the rare survivors wandering aimlessly, to a hospital where the nurses and the patients carrying the virus are applying a daily ritual of life and death gestures. Antoine d’Agata transforms these opaque spaces into a theatre of shadows, freed from all pretences of reality, and obliterates the very surface of things, the skin of beings and the skin of the world, only to better reveal its tragic dimension.
The short film The bare life is based on Virus, a series of pictures taken by Antoine d’Agata in the streets and the hospitals during the lockdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
"VIRUS is the result of a photographic experience raised by a feeling of responsibility, as if I were in the obligation to seize, day after day, this blend of violence and gentleness. I wanted to show how the bodies resist total surveillance in such a tragic and cold situation: I felt I couldn’t ignore it.” Antoine d’Agata.
This project is supported by our partner LE BAL as part of the project « Après » to sustain creation by TRAM Réseau art contemporain Paris / Île-de-France and will be at the center of an exhibition held at the Foundation Brownstone (from 10 to 31 October) and of a publication by the Studio Vortex.