7th édition - 2017

International Art Book and Film Festival

© Arnaud Pyvka et Groupe ccc

Making Of - FILAF 2O17

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David Lynch

Works on Paper

Chapelle du Tiers Ordre, Perpignan

Summer 2017


David Lynch, best known for his movies and TV shows, thinks himself first as an artist, and especially a painter.

His engraved work was born from the meeting with the mythical workshops ITEM in Paris. Lynch produced a series of complex, dark, and mystical work, that reflect the image of his universe. His drawings had been exposed for the first time at the Fondation Cartier in 2007. During this exhibition, this is his engraved work that is highlighted through twenty-five recent lithographs. Abstract shapes, symbols, mysterious statements do build a narration where the worry mingles with irony.
David Lynch's exhibition is accompanied by an original text by Mark Alizart. 

Jean-Michel Alberola


Galerie du FILAF, Perpignan

Summer 2017


Whether it takes the shape of a painting, an engraving, or films, Jean-Michel Alberola's work is covered by literature and philosophy. We thus find the borrowing of texts by Benjamin, Marx, Kafka, or Stevenson. Through the exhibitions of his art books and several recent plays, neons, and engravings, the Scénarios exhibitions come back on the intimate relationship between the work and the text.

Guests of Honour
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Annette Messager

French artist and plastician, she realized installations incorporating several artistic technics including photography and drawing. She realized almost sixty album-collections from 1972 to 1974. Drawing her inspiration in words, writings, and images, the artist composes her albums from an accumulation of texts, photographs, annotations, and various articles, carefully collected and sorted. She taught at the national fine-arts school of Paris and received, in 2005, the Golden Lion for the 51st Biennale of Venice for her work Casino.

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Jean-Yves Jouannais

French art critic and writer, he was editor of the journal ArtPress, and of Exhibition (contemporary art TV show broadcasted on Arte) and one of the founders of the Revue perpendiculaire. In 2014, he won the Roger-Caillois prize in the essay category.

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Jean-Michel Alberola

Painter, sculptor, and movie director at the same time, he tries to associate painting to writing and speaking. He is represented since 1982 by the Daniel Templon Gallery in Paris and Bruxelles. He is also a teacher at the Paris Fine-arts school since 1991. His work is at the same time biographic and situational, inspired by the Holy Bible and myths. 

Jef Cornelis

Director at the Flemish television, he is known for his essays about plastic arts, architecture, and literature. His work, unique testimony, still participates in the art, architecture, and urbanism debates. He also realized documentaries about René Magritte, Marcel Broodthaers, Jan Fabre, art history, and the Kassel's documentary.


Book Jury
Film Jury
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Nicolas Bourriaud
President of the books Jury

​French exhibition curator, art historian, and art critic, he is the co-founder of the Palais de Tokyo that he rules from 2000 to 2006. In 2007, he is nominated to the Tate Britain as a Gulbenkian curator for contemporary art. In January 2010, he comes back to Paris to occupy the functions of Inspection of the artistic creation chief in the ministry of Culture. Since 2017, he is nominated General Manager of the Montpellier Contemporain (MoCo).

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Clément Cogitore
President of the Films Jury

French contemporary artist and director, he received in 2011 the Salon de Montrouge Great Prize and his documentary Bielutine was selected at the Quinzaine des réalisateurs of the Festival de Cannes. The same year, he was nominated pensionary of the Villa Médicis. Since this date, his work is the subject of regular exhibitions (Palais de Tokyo, Centre Pompidou, MoMA. He won in 2015 the BAL prize of the young creation and the Science Po prize for contemporary art and got, in 2016, the Prize of the enterprise foundation Ricard for contemporary art.

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Nicolas Daubanes

Since 2008, he multiplies workshops, artists, residential homes, and teaching in jail experiences. He opened his actions field by going to other social spaces known as "closed" or "prevented". He does not hesitate to recreate situations in which he puts itself to the test, questioning the limits of the existence and of the human condition. His first monograph La vie de rêve was released in 2016. He is represented by the Maubert Gallery in Paris.

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Viçens Altaio

Catalan painter and essayist, he is also art critic and writer. He was the director of the KRTU center and of the Arts Santa Monica. He has been commissioner of numerous artistic, literary and scientific exhibitions, as well as the Année Miró, the Plan Annual, and the Année Dalí. True to his multidiscipline career, he played the part of Giacomo Casanova in the Albert Serra's movie Histoire de ma mort

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Grégoire Robinne

Latin teacher at the University of Nantes from 1997 to 2002, he is today director of the Dilecta editions. He created an art and poetry magazine named Les amants et les Fous, after Paul Eluard. 

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Thomas Lévy-Lasne

Graduated from the national fine-arts school of Paris in 2004, he is the art critic Hector Obalk's assistant for four years, visiting the European museums for television's art chronics (Canal Plus, France 3 and Arte). He collaborates with numerous newspapers as a drawer including Harper’s BazaarL’Idiot international, and les Inrock.  

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Florence Loewy

Since 1989, she is one of the rare specialists in the domain of book and artist publishings. She settles in le Marais in 2001 where she inaugurates a bookshop arranged by the duo Jakob/MacFarlane and initiates an exhibition program that starts with General Idea Boutique Coeurs Volants. 

Since 2017, she reverses the spaces between bookshop and gallery, defying her line-up at the gallery, all around the artists she represents. Regarding books, she is dedicated to monographic exhibitions, launches, and selections of artist's books. 

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Colette Barbier

She is the Director of the Foundation Ricard for contemporary art since 1999. 

Books awarded during FILAF 2017
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Intimate Geometries: The Art

and Life of Louise Bourgeois
by Robert Storr. The Monacelli Press,

United States, 2016




Après Babel, traduire
by Barbara Cassin. Actes Sud /

MuCEM, France, 2016



Cedric Price Works 1952

- 2003: A Forward-Minded


by Samantha Hardingham.

Architectural Association Publications/

Canadian Centre for Architecture,

England/Canada, 2016


Why is Art Full of Naked People?

: And other vital questions about art
by Susie Hodge. Thames & Hudson, England, 2016




Reset Modernity!

by Bruno Latour and Christophe Leclercq.

Mit Press, United States, 2016

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Les frères Le Nain, d'après les écrits

de Jacques Thuillier
by Serge Lemoine. Faton, France, 2016


William N. Copley

by Germano Celant. Fondazione Prada,

The Menil Collection, Italy / United States, 2016

Residential Towers

by Annette Gigon, Guyer Mike, Felix Jerusalem.

GTA, Switzerland, 2016


Histoire de l'écriture typographique,

le XXè siècle (2 volumes)
dir. Jacques André. Perrousseaux

Atelier, France, 2016


Draw Like an Artist:

A Self-Portrait Sketchbook

by Patricia Geis. Princeton

Architectural Press, United States, 2016




Zone de sécurité temporaire

by Anne-Marie Filaire. Textuel, France, 2017

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Films awarded during FILAF 2017


Where is Rocky II?

by Pierre Bismuth (FR - ALL - IT - BELG), 93’, 2016.

Prod.: The Ink Connection/Vandertastic/Frakas

Productions/In Between Art Film/Vivo Film


Cinema Novo

by Eryk Rocha (BR), 92’, 2016.

Prod.: Coqueirao Pictures / Aruac Filmes

/ Canal Brasil / FM Produçoes



by Brecht Debackere (BEL), 68’, 2016.

Prod.: Visualantics Production/Cinematek/