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Agnès Varda is, to use her own description, "an old filmmaker and a young artist". Harrison Ford, Jacques Demy, Chris Marker, Jim Morrison, Sandrine Bonnaire and Jane Birkin are just some of the names dotted through a towering film oeuvre that combines confronting the issues of its time – feminism, poverty, etc. – with skilful use of collage and wordplay. After a lifetime spent affectionately recounting the lives of others, Varda has, for the last few years, taken to showing her work in installation form. Her "Cabanes" ("Huts") are designed as actual havens for herself and the visitor. The "Beach Hut" is intended both as a fisherman’s shelter – sheets of canvas stretched with rope – and as a projection booth for her film "The Mediterranean", with two r’s and one n, between Sète and Agde. "The Portrait Hut" contains sixty portraits: thirty women facing thirty men, all of them photographed living and working on the island of Noirmoutier. And then there’s The "Cinema Hut", built entirely out of 35mm film: "It’s cinema," says Agnès Varda, "because the light is held by the images. It’s a hut because we can take refuge inside and dream of the films we’ve enjoyed…You can even see Catherine Deneuve and Michel Piccoli as tiny faces in close-up."

With the help of the City of Lyon botanical gardens.

Agnès VARDA
Les Cabanes d'Agnès, 2006-2009
Photos: Blaise Adilon
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