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Pétrel l Roumagnac (duo) « de l’Ekumen, photoscenic piece n°3, act 1 », Galerie Valeria Cetraro, 2021
photo Salim Santa Lucia

de l’Ekumen, pièce photoscénique n.3

Solo exhibition
Galerie Valeria Cetraro, Paris
du 09/01/2021 au 20/02/2021
Aurélie Pétrel

de l’Ekumen project finds its origins in Kyoto, in the context of a winter residence of Aurélie Pétrel and Vincent Roumagnac at the Villa Kujoyama, of which they are both 2020 laureates. During two months (instead of three months initially planned, the residency was indeed interrupted due to the pandemic situation), they carried out a fourfold research in Japan in dialogue with a dramaturgical work based on the photoscenic adaptation of Ursula K. Le Guin’s science fiction novel The Left Hand of Darkness (1969). Firstly, their research looked at the futuristic cryospheric landscapes in Japanese science fiction and Japanese cyberpunk – from the emergence of the sub-genre in the seventies/eighties in relation to its Western expression – to its contemporary manifestation (research carried out with local researchers affiliated to the collections of the Kyoto International Manga Museum). In a second movement of exploration, they investigated the phenomenon of transparency in Japan, with a focus on the shifts between the opaque and the optical, and between 2D and 3D, in the architecture and arts history of Japan, a focus coupled with a field approach to the glass and mirror craft of the Kansai region.