Clément Cogitore

Braguino or the impossible community
From September 15 to December 23, 2017
  • © Clément Cogitore / ADAGP, Paris 2017

  • © Clément Cogitore / ADAGP, Paris 2017
  • © Clément Cogitore / ADAGP, Paris 2017

  • © Clément Cogitore / ADAGP, Paris 2017

  • © Clément Cogitore / ADAGP, Paris 2017

  • © Clément Cogitore / ADAGP, Paris 2017

  • © Clément Cogitore / ADAGP, Paris 2017

  • © Clément Cogitore / ADAGP, Paris 2017

  • © Martin Argyroglo
  • © Martin Argyroglo
  • © Martin Argyroglo
  • © Martin Argyroglo

LE BAL is presenting Braguino or the impossible community, by Clément Cogitore, winner of the first LE BAL Award for Young Creation with the ADAGP.

Clément Cogitore visited Braguino twice (in 2012 and 2016), « Braguine’s place » in Russian, taken from the name of a family of ‘Old Believers’ living in a handful of huts lost in the middle of the Taiga deep in the heart of Siberia, 700 km from the nearest village. He went to Braguino to try to solve the mystery of Sasha’s drive to move to there with his family over thirty years ago, in the hope of living in peace, and constructing a completely self-sufficient lifestyle. However, very rapidly this paradise becomes the scene of an open battle between two families who cannot live side by side, who cannot agree to a shared way of life.

This impossible community is the central axis of Clément Cogitore’s film, photo and sound work.

Plunged into darkness, the installation at LE BAL is like total immersion for the visitor, at the heart of a narrative in several acts, each one a filmed fragment revealing another intrigue, each one with its own rhythm, place and action : arriving in Braguino by helicopter, Sacha’s dream, a bear hunt, the mysterious island where the children roam free, all build to the intense crescendo of an armed conflict. All of which throws us into a twilight world, as do the large, luminous photos in muted tones that track this journey.

With truly archaic dramaturgical prompts, Clément Cogitore evokes the conflictual tenets of the great myths. Braguino relates the experience of a two-pronged dilemma: to escape or stay put, to build something together, or destroy oneself. Far more than a mere ethnographical study, Clément Cogitore tells a cruel tale that echoes ‘the tipping point of our civilisation’.

If this world is doomed to perish, what does its disappearance really symbolise? 


Clément Cogitore is a French artist whose film-making and photography explore the potent questions of how images are made and their active role in human constructions. He is the first winner of the Prix LE BAL for Young Talent, in association with ADAGP. 

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Infos pratiques

The exhibition features another immersive experience of Braguino's images in a spatial installation with photographs of Clément Cogitore. 

Curators : Diane Dufour with Léa Bismuth.

Related to the exhibition at LE BAL, the film Braguino was directed by Clément Cogitore, with the support of LE BAL Award for Young Creation with the ADAGP and co-producted by Seppia Film / Making Movies / Arte GEIE La Lucarne.
In July  2017, he received the special mention of the Grand Prix de la compétition internationale of the FID Marseille.

«  Braguino or the impossible community ON AIR » : coinciding with the exhibition, LE BAL and France Culture associate in order to make a sound creation around the Clement Cogitore's work presented at LE BAL.
Broadcasted on France Culture « Création On Air » on September 28 between 11pm and midnight. Podcast on France Culture

LE BAL Award of Young Creation with ADAGP is organized with the support of the logo_ministere_culture.jpg


Project supported by the Cercle des 100 Amis Mécènes du BAL

Technical partner of the exhibition : Duffay


Autour de l'expo

Fictions réelles

Movie cycle around Braguino or the impossible community

Mardi 10 octobre, mardi 21 novembre & Mardi 5 décembre



Le jeudi 23 juin à 20H

Dromomanie - Carte blanche à Sylvain Kassap


Vendredi 1er Décembre - 20h

Ville de Calais

Rencontre avec Henk Wildschut