La Tanière, 2009 (video still), video, 30:00 minutes, sound, courtesy of the artists and Capricci Films, produced by Capricci and Le Palais de Tokyo, Paris
Alain Della Negra and Kaori Kinoshita
Allain Della Negra and Kaori Kinoshita have been collaborating for several years on the creation of works that involve documentation of various marginal communities worldwide. These communities are each distinguished by an alternative, and at times also eccentric, narrative, which oftentimes undermines the hegemony of scientific thought or the logic characteristic of Western society. The narratives examined in these works all involve the dissolution of boundaries between a virtual or imagined world and between the real world, as it takes place either in the context of Internet-based communities or of communities formed around various New Age theories. The ethnographic studies undertaken by these artists center on the personal stories of various community members; these individual portraits come together to form a portrait of the community at large, while diffusing the mysterious aura usually associated with such groups. Della Negra and Kinoshita's works touch upon the essence of human relations, and upon the motivation to search for new meaning in a culture that has lost its sense of unity and spiritual purpose. In many cases, the communities featured in these works seek refuge from the experience of estrangement that pervades everyday life by attempting to communicate with a fantastic world whose existence eludes our senses.
Kaori Kinoshita was born in Tokyo in 1970; Alain Della Negra was born in France, 1975
They live and work in Paris