Trained at the École des Arts Décoratifs in Strasbourg and the École du Fresnoy, before joining the Villa Medicis in Rome in 2012, Clément Cogitore, through his films, videos and installations, develops a body of thought in which the images tell a story without applying the usual narrative rules. In this way, a documentary quite logically becomes fiction by the mere presence of the camera, which creates a frame and delimits a gaze. So, in the heart of the Taiga, two families living in autarky, isolated from everything, confront each other as if they were fiction. For Cogitore, narrative inventiveness, experimentation and the staging of images are interwoven with deeper reflections on society.
This is why, since his debut, in addition to the fact that his work has been exhibited or screened everywhere from the Moma to the Centre Pompidou, via the ICA in London, he has won numerous awards and distinctions: The Gan Foundation Prize at the Cannes Film Festival for his first feature film, as well as the Locarno, Los Angeles and San Sebastian Film Prizes, the BAL Prize for Young Artists, the Sciences Po Prize for Contemporary Art, the Ricard Prize (2016), and finally the Marcel Duchamp Prize (2018) for a dystopia based on images selected from a database. A true reflection on the fascination of images and their power over reality.