Tribute to Gabriela Conti

Collective performance
Poetry Center | Paris, France

Artistic creation, direction, editing: Agathe Simon
Image & sound: Michel Monsay, Lenny Szpira
Light and sound management: Lenny Szpira, Rachel Dufly

Acknowledgements: Fabrice Orgogozo, Olivier Chaudenson, Michelle Aslanides, Barbara Becquiot, Nathalie Noé Adam, Anne Rannou

© Agathe Simon

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On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of her death and the publication of her posthumous novel, this evening was organized at the Paris’ Poetry Center in homage to the Franco-Argentine novelist and explorer Gabriela Conti (1974-2010) – who does not exist. Through her adventurous life and radical work, Gabriela Conti powerfully embodied the themes of freedom and exile, creation and hedonism, until her death at the South Pole in 2010.

The Tribute to Gabriela Conti performance is part of the The Conti Project cycle. This tribute evening included testimonies and analyses by Paul Ardenne (art historian and curator), Jean Guizerix (choreographer and star dancer at the Paris Opera), Hervé Le Corre (Professor of Latin American litterature at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University), Irène Omelianenko (sound documentarist and honorary president of Addor), and Agathe Simon.

It also included the creation of Polar Glow, a choreography written and carried out by Jean Guizerix; the creation of Gabriela, a composition for bandoneon and piano by Marie-Anne Faupin, performed by the duo Cabeceo (Marie-Anne Faupin & Anne Mazeau); a videoconference from Buenos Aires with Gabriela Conti’s sister; readings by the actress Marine Béhar, as well as film extracts, photographs, sound archives, and the signing of Gabriela Conti’s posthumous novel, Vivre.

The Tribute to Gabriela Conti performance is part of the The Conti Project cycle. The Conti Project is an immersive multimedia cycle in homage to the famous French-Argentine novelist Gabriela Conti (1974-2010) – who does not exist. Since 2013, with the support of various institutional partners, Agathe Simon has been unfolding the Gabriela Conti fiction through solo and collective performances, a documentary directed in Antarctica, a video triptych filmed in the Arctic, an installation of 120 archives and documents, novels and travel stories, film photographs, a radio play on France Culture and two 5.1 sound installations.

Photographs : Frédéric Petit