Calling all lovers of photography and France.
Come to the Old Theatre Castlegar on March 26, for the Kootenay Gallery’s presentation of Faces, Places, the multi-award-winning documentary and Oscar nominee for the best documentary feature film in a foreign language.
At 89, Agnes Varda is a renowned artist with nothing to prove and everything to discover. She teamed up with JR, a 34-year-old French photographer and environmental artist, to take a series of meandering trips through agricultural and industrial towns in France, talking to people and taking pictures.
Agnes is a tiny woman with a two-tone page boy and JR is tall and stylish and never takes off his sunglasses and together they make a charming pair, irresistible to the many subjects they interview and photograph. JRs van is equipped with the technology to produce portraits large enough to cover barns and houses to magnificent effect and their subjects are touched to see their likenesses turned into large-scale public art installations.
Through this deceptively casual journey, Ms Varda has communicated a rich and challenging array of feelings and ideas. As we look at these faces and places, we are invited to reflect on the passage of time and the nature of memory.
Ticket at the door $9.