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.
After graduating from the Strasbourg School of Art & Design (Ecole Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Strasbourg), and the Fresnoy National Studio for Contemporary Arts (Studio national des arts contemporains), Clément Cogitore developed his own way of working which combines film and contemporary art. A mix of films, videos, installations and photos, his work highlights the relationship we maintain with the ritualistic aspects of the sacred by looking at the world and its mysteries: the original darkness of the cinema marries the secrecy of the night in our actions and gestures. His thought-provoking work investigates our own visibility and awareness of man’s place in the world he has created, and his political strong hold in the spaces he designs. In 2015, his first feature film Ni le ciel Ni la terre [Neither Heaven nor Earth] enacted, through fiction, the metaphysical quest for meaning in a world at war. With this in mind, he takes us on a journey of discovery to Braguino ou la communauté impossible [Braguino or the impossible Community] where Cogitore describes the tipping point between the boundaries of civilisation and faith.
A former resident of the Académie de France at the Rome Villa Medici, his films have been selected at several international festivals (Cannes, Locarno, Lisbonne, Montreal...) and have won numerous awards. His work has also been exhibited at the Palais de Tokyo, and Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, and the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, as well as the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the MoMA in New-York. In 2015 he made his first feature film.
His first feature Ni le ciel Ni la terre [Neither Heaven nor Earth] was recently awarded the Prix de la Fondation Gan at the Cannes Film Festival - Semaine de la Critique, and nominated for the César for the Best First Film. In the same year, he was awarded the Prix Le BAL for Young Talent in association with the ADAGP. In 2016, he was also awarded the Prix Science Po for contemporary art and the 18th Prix de la Fondation d’Entreprise Ricard for Contemporary Art. In July 2017, his film Braguino was awarded a Special Mention for the Grand Prix in the International Competition at the FIDMarseille.
Clément Cogitore was born in Colmar in 1983, and currently lives and works in Paris. He has been represented by Galerie Eva Hober (Paris) since 2016 and by Galerie Reinhard Hauff (Stuttgart) since 2015.