Valérie Jouve
Bodies, Resisting [Corps en résistance]

When looking at Valérie Jouve’s images it could be said that, like photography, the city is a territory of distances inhabited by the body: the body of the image and the image of the body.

In this sense, Jouve’s work evokes not so much the external body relating to our everyday actions but rather the great immaterial body that projects itself in space and onto things. “For”, as the philosopher Henri Bergson wrote, “if our body is the matter to which our consciousness applies itself it is coextensive with our conscious, it comprises all we perceive, it reaches to the stars.”1


The title of the exhibition “Bodies, Resisting”, which brings together some of Valérie Jouve’s most important works dating back more than twenty years, refers — as Arlette Farge writes in the accompanying catalogue — to the artist’s desire and intention to “show that the body is a city, and the city a body”. The exhibition perfectly reflects the focus that frequently characterises the Jeu de Paume’s exhibition programme, based on documentary, film and photographic practices that investigate new ways of approaching reality and which Marie-José Mondzain refers to in this catalogue as “documentary act in all its fictional force”.

Marta Gili

1. Henri Bergson, The Two Sources of Morality and Religion (1932), trans. R. Ashley Audra and Cloudesley Brereton, Notre Dame, Indiana: Notre Dame Press, 1977, p. 258.

Texts by Arlette Farge and Marie-José Mondzain, together with an interview with Valérie Jouve by Marta Gili and Pia Viewing.
Published by Jeu de Paume/Filigranes. Bilingual French-English.
160 pages. 33 euros


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