Antarctica, Looking for Gabriela

HD | stereo | 52 min | 2014

Directors: Cecilia Conti & Agathe Simon

© Agathe Simon

Antarctica, Looking for Gabriela is a 52 minute documentary, filmed in Antarctica. It was co-directed by Agathe Simon and the video artist  Cecilia Conti, as a tribute to her sister, Gabriela Conti (1974-2010), the famous French-Argentine writer and explorer – who does not exist. Discovering, in September 2013, her true identity (she is a former stolen baby of the Argentinian dictatorship), Cecilia follows the traces of her sister, whom she never met, with the support of the Argentinian Government and the ‘International Organization for Antarctica’ in February 2014. This documentary 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.