Marion Scemama and David Wojnarowicz, When I Put My Hands On Your Body, 1989
Marion Scemama and David Wojnarowicz, When I Put My Hands On Your Body, 1989

Artist Talk | Marion Scemama and Francois Pain

July 29, 2011 – 7pm to 8pm

As part of the Summer Institute, Plug In ICA’s Summer Institute is pleased to host an Artist Talk with Marion Scemama and Francois Pain on July 29th at 7pm.

Marion Scemama: is a photographer, started as a photojournalist in one of the most famous French daily newspapers, Liberation.  In 1981, she flew to New York and lived in the East village.  Among the East village artists, she met David Wojnarowecz – a writer, painter, performer, and activist.  Most of her work is made in collaboration with this artist (photography and video) who died of Aids in 1992.

Marion will be editing with Francois Pain, an interview/documentary with David Wojnarowecz, shot in 1989, in his loft.

Born in 1945, François Pain began his medical studies in 1965 during which he met Felix Guattari at the Clinique of La Borde, the vanguard of “Institutional Psychotherapy.” Francois went on to work at the Institute for 7 years, during this time his friendship with Felix Guattari grew. The death of Guattari impacted him greatly and thus influenced his activist and aesthetic practices.

In 1973 he ended his Medical studies and left for France, where he began his studies in video practices, filmaking and editing at the Videographe in Montreal. In the 70’s, François became one of the pioneers of the video light in France. Supported and produced by INA, his works, which included documentaries, fiction and art had been released over the years by various French TV: TF1, 2, 3 and Arte.

Some of these works has been featured in film festivales in Geneva (Festival of Human Rights), Austria (Graz Festival, documentary), and Cannes (short fiction).
His artistic achievements were presented at Beaubourg, Paris Biennial, Biennale of Nice, Lyon Biennale, Palais de Tokyo, Musée du Jeu de Paume, and in group exhibitions in Rome, Milan, Antwerp.
He leads creative workshops (shooting, editing and directing) in various institutions including psychiatric and rehabilitation.

This year’s Institute is supported in part by the RBC Emerging Artist Program.