Tepantar (horizon) is the story of a child who wanted to become a stateless person. To do this he imagined secret passageways that would change the meanings of words, from one language to another, from one country to another, from one epoch to another. Words that he dreamed of hurling toward the sky to destroy different phobias, xeno and homo. The library in the house was a steep mountain where he discovered allies to people his country-less dream: Oedipus Rex, Marguerite Duras and Guy Hocquenghem offered him words sharp as spears that he offered one day to Sudipta Mitra Datta, a polyglot bird capable of singing new horizons.
11/2017 - Dialogues : Calcutta International LGBT Film & Video Festival
10/2017 - Doclisboa - Portugal (short film competition)
03/2017 - Cinéma du Réel, short film competition, Paris, France
11/2016 - Festival Bandits-Mages, Paris, France work in progress
11/2017 - Biennale Movimenta, Nice, Paris
Born in Nantes in 1984, Pierre Michelon studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Nantes and at the Villa Arson in Nice. His practice of documentary widens with an interest in the writing and use of history, colonial history especially, through translations, readings and performances. He directs his first movies in Algeria (Risacca non erra, 2012) and in French Guyana (A Small Piece of Wood, 2015). As an observing participant, he surveys the lands of a forgetful society and tries to reconstitute a common, translated and plural past. “Making history” then becomes a wide practice : from examining the in-and-outs of the landscapes, being an attentive ear for the archives, listening to polyglot voices. He is currently a doctorate in Sciences Art Création Recherche (SACRe) at Paris Sciences et Lettres Université / Ecole nationale supérieure des beaux arts de Paris. His work is shown in festivals and in curatorial and cultural programs. He addresses those various and complementary spaces without prioritising them, which allows him to reach cinephile publics and contemporary art connoisseurs as well as dialoguing with community activists and politically involved citizens.
His movies have been selected and screened at the Inattendus, Lyon (2016), at Echelle Inconnue, Rouen (2015), at the Torino Film Festival, Torino (2015), at the Fondation Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Torino (2015), at DOClab, Hà Nội (2015), at the campus of the university of Guyana, Cayenne (2014), at the Cinématographe, Nantes (2015), at the Foyer des Jeunes Travailleurs Océane, St Herblain (2014), at the Friche Belle de mai, Marseille (2013), at the Villa Croce, Genova (2013), à l’E.C.L.A.T., Festival Jeune Algérie, Nice (2012), and also at the Restaurant Municipal Pierre Landais, Nantes (2012 et 2013).
Tepantar, 32 minutes, 2017
Un petit morceau de bois (A small piece of wood), 41 minutes, 2014
Risacca non erra, (video installation in Villa Arson), 52 minutes, 2012
Bokor, (video installation in Villa Arson), 12 minutes, 2012