Tribute to Gabriela Conti, Paris

Collective Performance
HD Video | Stereo | 5 min 29 | 2015

City Hall of Paris’ 10th arrondissement, France

© Agathe Simon

This collective performance was filmed on February the 9th, 2015 at the City Hall of Paris’ 10th arrondissement during the opening of the Antarctica exhibition by Agathe Simon. On this occasion, an official tribute was paid to the famous French-Argentine novelist and explorer Gabriela Conti (1974-2010) – who never existed.

Five years to the day after her tragic death at the South Pole, speeches were delivered in her honor by her sister Cecilia Conti, Agathe Simon and several elected officials : Mr. Rémi Feraud, Mayor of Paris’ 10th arrondissement, Mr. Éric Algrain, Deputy Mayor for Culture, and Ms. Lea Vasa, Deputy Mayor for Sustainable Development.

Directed and Edited by: Agathe Simon
Images & sound: Hadi Moussally, Olivier Pagny, Laurent ML, Agathe Simon
Special Thanks: Aaron Eibond

Agathe Simon is a Paris-based artist, born in 1977. After a decade of art projects throughout the world, she starts a partenrship with the art company The Group in Paris in 2017. She is also conducting artistic creation workshops at the Sorbonne University.

Agathe Simon is currently preparing projects in partnership with ‘Les Voûtes’ (a Parisian alternative art venue), the “C.N.R.S.” (the largest governmental research organisation in France), the Paris Cergy National Graduate School of Arts, the University of Cergy-Pontoise, and the Museum of Non-conformist Art (Saint Petersburg, Russia). These projects will include performances, films, and exhibitions.