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

His engraved work was born from the meeting with the mythics workshops ITEM in Paris. Lynch produces there series of complex, dark and mystical work, in the image of his universe. His drawings had been exposed for the first time at the Fondation Cartier in 2007. Here, that 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.
This David Lynch's exhibition is accompanied by an original text by Mark Alizart. 

Jean-Michel Alberola


Galerie du FILAF, Perpignan

Summer 2017


The work of  Jean-Michel Alberola, whether it takes the shape of a painting, an engraving or movies, is covered by literature and philosophy. We thus find the borrowing of texts by

Benjamin, Marx, Kafka or Stevenson. Threw the exhibitions of his artist books and several recent plays, neons and engravings, the Scénarios exhibitions comes back on the intimate relationship between the work and the text.

Honor Guests
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, photographies, 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.

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 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. 

Book Jury
Nicolas Bourriaud
President of the books Jury

​French exhibition commissar, 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 Janury 2010, he comes back to Paris to occupy the fonctions of Inspection of the artistic creation chief in the ministry of Culture. Since 2017, he is nominated General Manager of the Montpellier Contemporain (MoCo).

Nicolas Daubanes

Since 2008, he multiplies the workshop, artist residential homes and teaching in jail experiences.

Now he opens his action 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.

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.

Jef Cornelis

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


Film Jury
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 is selected at the Quinzaine des réalisateurs of the Festival de Cannes. The same year, he is 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 then the Science Po prize for contemporary art and got, in 2016, the Prize of the entreprize foundation Ricard for contemporary art.

Viçens Altaio

Catalan paintor 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 comissionar of numerous artistic, literary and scientific exhibitions, as well as the Année Miró, the Plan Annuel 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. 

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 magasine named Les amants et les Fous, after Paul Eluard. 

Thomas Lévy-Lasne

Graduated from the national fine-arts school of Paris in 2004, he is the art critic Hector Obalk's assistant during four years, visiting the Europe 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 

Florence Loewy

In activity since 1989, she is one of the rare specialist in the domain of book and artists publishings. She settles in le Marais in 2001 where she inaugurates a bookshop place arranged by the duo Jakob / MacFarlane and initiates a exhibition programme which starts with General Idea Boutique Coeurs Volants. 

Since 2017, she reverses the spaces bookshop and gallery, precising her programmation at the gallery side, all around the artists she represents, and the books side being dedicated to monographic exhibitions, launches and selections of artists books. 

Colette Barbier

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

Books awarded during FILAF 2017


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 Retrospective

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


Zone de sécurité temporaire

by Anne-Marie Filaire. Textuel, France, 2017


Intimate Geometries: The Art and Life of Louise Bourgeois

by Robert Storr. The Monacelli Press, United States, 2016


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

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 / RTBF / Canvas




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