Inquiétances des temps

A journey through the CNAP video collection
Abbaye de Maubuisson Saint-Ouen-l'Aumone
Paul Grivas, Film catastrophe, 2018, 55'

Curated for Abbaye de Maubuisson, Inquiétances des temps is a journey through the Centre national des arts plastiques video collection in four successive chapters, each a reflection on different forms of resistance.
It draws inspiration from Inquiétances des temps, (“the uncanniness of time”): the title of the French translation of volume two of Alexander Kluge’s Chronicle of Feelings. In this work, which brings together themes of instability, strangeness and the uncanny, the German writer and filmmaker considers forms of resistance that are echoed in numerous contemporary works.

Some 60 films selected from the 1,000 films in the CNAP video collection

Close to 60 films from the CNAP collection have been chosen for the exhibition.
They are steeped in present-day issues: questions of exile, the places we live, the individuals who resist, who fight for utopian ideals against the “uncanniness” of our times.
Together they give a perspective on a vast spectrum of generations, national and geographic origins, and narrative techniques. They reflect the diversity of the 1,000 films that make up the CNAP video collection, which in turn bears witness to the wealth and complexity of international video production, as well as video’s capacity to invent an art that is both visual and audible, and which maps a global geography and a cartography of time.

Multiple aesthetic currents

Certain films convey video’s faculty to construct a situation and to map human experience through animated images that recreate the performative dimension of this art. Others reveal the elaboration of visual architectures or enigmatic micro-narratives. A standalone collection within the Fonds national d'art contemporain (France’s national contemporary art collection), these video works form a coherent whole that bears witness to the many aesthetic currents which exist in contemporary creation.

An ideal setting: Abbaye de Maubuisson, a royal Cistercian convent

Where better to host these works than Abbaye de Maubuisson, the Cistercian convent founded in 1236 by the queen consort, Blanche of Castile. Home of religious communities, for centuries Cistercian abbeys played an important role in matters of art and culture through their libraries and their universities, forming networks across Europe.
The works shown in Inquiétances des temps are contemporary echoes of the humanist concerns that permeate the Cistercian cultural space: minority and vernacular cultures, work, habitat, the economy, territories in times of war, community and history. For a cartography of the present time that engages with the Abbey’s spirit and soul.

From April to August 2021, coinciding with the exhibition, screenings will be held at the Utopia cinema in Saint-Ouen l’Aumône and at cinemas in Paris, together with artist-led debates and talks.

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Contingent on Covid-19 health restrictions, the first part of the exhibition (24 April-24 May 2021) may be shown on the Abbaye de Maubuisson YouTube channel:

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Updated: March 11 2021