Les Films Pelléas
Les Films Pelleas

Clément Cogitore

Born in Colmar in 1983, Clément Cogitore lives and works between Paris and Strasbourg.

After studying at the Ecole supérieure des arts décoratifs in Strasbourg and at the Fresnoy-Studio, Cogitore developed a practice halfway between contemporary art and cinema. Combining film, video, installation and photography, his work questions the ways in which people live with their images. It is often a question of rituals, collective memory, the figuration of the sacred and a certain idea of the permeability of worlds.

His work has been exhibited and screened at French and international institutions such as Palais de Tokyo, Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), ICA (London), Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), Museum of fine arts (Boston), MoMA (New-York), MNBA (Québec), SeMA Bunker (Seoul), MACRO (Rome), Red Brick Art Museum (Beijing), Kunsthaus (Basel).

In 2011, Clément Cogitore won the Grand Prix du Salon de Montrouge, and in 2012 he was named boarder at the Académie de France in Rome (Villa Medici). His films have been selected and awarded at numerous international festivals (Cannes, Locarno, Telluride, Los Angeles, San Sebastian). In 2015 his first feature film Ni le ciel, Ni la terre was awarded the Prix de la Fondation Gan, at Cannes - Semaine de la critique, acclaimed by critics and nominated for the César for Best First Film. In the same year, it received the BAL Prize for young filmmakers. In 2016, he received the Prix SciencesPo for contemporary art and the 18th Prix de la Fondation d'Entreprise Ricard.

In 2018, he was awarded the Prix Marcel Duchamp by the ADIAF.

To celebrate its 350th anniversary, the Opéra National de Paris commissions Clément Cogitore to stage the entire opera-ballet The Gallant Indies by Jean-Philippe Rameau. The first performance took place in September 2019. On this occasion, director Philippe Béziat followed the rehearsals and performances of the show and shot a documentary produced by Les Films Pelléas, Gallant Indies, in cinemas soon.

Clément Cogitore's work can be found in numerous public collections (Centre Georges Pompidou-MNAM, Fonds national d'art contemporain, Fonds d'art contemporain de la Ville de Paris, FRAC Alsace, FRAC Aquitaine, FRAC Auvergne, MAC VAL, Musée d'art moderne et contemporain de Strasbourg), and private collections (Daimler Art collection in particular).