Anthology Film Archives


September 19 – September 30


Whether viewed in a gallery, a cinema, or a forest, Ariane Michel’s installations, performances, or screenings tend to create perceptive experiences, often using natural elements as evocative vehicles.

In conjunction with Michel’s performative piece THE SCREENING, featured in the French Institute Alliance Française’s 2011 edition of its cross-disciplinary festival Crossing the Line (, Anthology is pleased to present two programs of work by the French artist and filmmaker – her first feature documentary, LES HOMMES (2006), an experimental exploration of Greenland whose “ice, stones, and animals witness the arrival of scientists who come one summer to study them”; and a selection of short videos, including THE CELLAR, which Michel describes as follows: “Inside an icy cellar, a man is working lit by lamplight. He is patiently thawing a huge block of frozen earth. Around him, some bones glitter. They are enormous. One gradually discovers that he is bringing a thick fur back to life. It’s a mammoth, remaining intact after 19,000 years in Siberia’s permafrost.”

Ariane Michel lives and works in Paris. Her work has been shown internationally, both in the contemporary art field (Jeu de Paume, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; Art Basel Statements; and the Museum of Modern Art, New York) and in the film world (IFF Rotterdam, IFF Locarno, and FID Marseilles, among others).

Michel is represented by Jousse Entreprise Gallery, Paris. For more info on the artist, visit

Ariane Michel will be present for a discussion of her work following the screenings on Monday, September 19 and Wednesday, September 28.

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