Work
EN Inspired by police archives showing items produced as evidence during a hold- up the series presents assertive compositions with spill-over neutral effects which nonetheless remain undefined. Close to a minimal choreography, the gestures become suspended and fixed by the authority of the given...
EN The project lying-down figures was made up from photographic archives disc-overed by the historian Pierre Schill. The photographs of Gaston Chérau dating from 1911 were made near Tripoli, in the territory of what is now Libya. These archives result from the commission of an article about the...
FR 13 Fragments Installation photographique, composée, d’une part, de 13 tables lumineuses de format A5, sur lesquelles sont présentées 13 diapositives 6x6, et d’autre part, d’un tirage photographique de format A4. A travers la réappropriation d’une photographie marquante de notre histoire...
EN A distended moment, intermediate, where the body sways, hesitates, leans over. By means of a photographic image and the use of slides, Agnès Geoffray proceeds with the re-editing of a film dating from 1912 showing an eminently dramatic event. The notion of catastrophic suspense which hovers...
EN Freely inspired by Claude Cahun’s three 1936 Untitled photographs, Agnès Geoffray displays a puppet in a bell jar, staging it in postures of submission, affliction or abandonment – the ultimate figure of detachment, as an inert doppelganger carrying the worst offences. FR Librement inspiré...
EN The series Sans titre uses the assembly and putting together processes as the reformulation of a new reality. From collected images, as ones or as diptychs, the whole results in multiple associations around the idea of suspense, this frozen moment between fall and ascent, between collapse and...
EN Largely inspired by The Defaming Portrait and by the hung man's figure, the series Les Suspendus uses assemblage and montage to rephrase a new reality, which combines two images in a series of several diptychs. Agnès Geoffray interrogates the fictional power of imagery through her own staging...
EN An abstract and strange sign language takes place between two characters: an adult and a teenager. The gestures are somewhere between an act of attention, instruction, domination and even perversion. The uncluttered form of this piece highlights the ambivalence of this strange ritual, which...
EN The photograph collection Incidental Gestures stems from loss, lack and absence. This photo series is based on the reappropriation of archival images, which Agnès Geoffray manipulated in order to give a different reality. Images in this series are retouched, falsified and reinvented. Thus, the...
ENG In recent years Agnes Geoffray has created a series of highly charged nocturnal photographs, which are impregnated with evocative power and conjure dark associations. In these, time, place and circumstance are not indicated but left open to hypothesis. Permeated by a deep sense of...
EN 8 miniature manuscripts, framed. 2 magnifying glasses This series of microscopic manuscripts originates from any hidden message between cracks, in books, in the lining of clothes... From messages of passage to the passing of messages, Agnès Geoffray transcribes textual fragments from members of...
ENG extract Tuesday 23rd August The disappearances Lucie, 10.16, Foubre Alice, 19.20, Redou Jeanne, 11.10, Valdor Anne Laure, 13.53, Fontenelle Esther, 10.47, Ponthes Delphine, 9.53, Therry... The inhabitants of the region of Valdor are panic-stricken. The list of...
ENG Paul Sant was found dead in his home, slumped on his hallwayfloor. He had died from a gunshot wound to his left eye. The murderer seems to have shot th rough the peephole in the front door. Everything suggests that Paul Sant was mistaken for a namesake. The optogram also known...
ENG Paul Sant was found dead in his home, slumped on his hallway floor. He had died from a gunshot wound to his left eye. The murderer seems to have shot through the peephole in the front door. Everything suggests that Paul Sant was mistaken for a namesake. She had...
EN Envelopes, folders, handwritten albums which contents are invisible to us. Through titles and notes invented by the artist, writing makes this fictional projection possible in front of these containers that remain closed. A few are opened, letting constrained and enigmatic pictures emerge, like...
ENG unlookable trash if he gets me he hide me, if he hides me I go crazy don't look at me, don't look anybody even with my back to you I can always feel the weight of your gaze you are a monster and nobody can ever look you in the face as long as I don't...
ENG Every night I am locked in a box. Full of blue fluroescent tubes. I spent half of my life lying in this box. The light runs across my body, not one bit is left unexposed. Everything must be blue. It is the requirement of my survival. No blue light, no life. I am yellow. A rare...
ENG It was bending, twisting, crawling so that it could free itself from the hold. It was wriggling and jumping on itself, so eager was it to finally move. It was wildly swinging backwards and forwards, without being able to stop. Eventually, it was coming out. It was visible,...
Les enchantés, eleven songs based on nursery rhyme tunes, performance, 2006 text
ENG The enchanted ones 11 songs I am presenting here short fictional stories inspired by daily news in the form of songs, very much in the style of popular songs of a bygone era, where news items were orally transmitted. The songs are short with a tormenting chorus and sung from the...
EN A dark silhouette takes shape within the space, evolving in multiple suspensions under a hook. The figuration of torture has been a constant concern of artistic representation (mythologies, Christian martyrs...) and is still present in the media today, adding an even more violent dimension. The...
 
Short Stories Two slide projectors running at different speeds, one of them is projecting subjects, the other one is projecting violent acts, 2011
EN Agnès Geoffray presents her new work based on the archives of the artist Claude Cahun (1894-1954). In 1938, during the war, Claude Cahun and her life-partner Suzanne Malherbe, also an artist, moved to a farm on the island of Jersey. Two years later, the German army started occupying the island,...
EN Two slide projectors running at different speeds. One of them is projecting subjects, the other one is projecting violent - sometimes absurd - acts, drawn from private lives, news media, social phenomena, and historical events. All these big and small stories that make up History get condensed...
EN Installation, words made of pins Starting from the vocabulary of concealment used by bureaucrats within totalitarian regimes, Agnès Geoffray introduces this representation of language. Words were used as instruments for camouflage in order to eradicate the facts. The work is presented as an...
EN "Progress and catastrophe are two sides of the same coin." This quote from Hannah Arendt sheds light on the fate of the Hindenburg Zeppelin, this mobile mass hovering over cities, a moving propaganda for the Nazi party, and of which the collapse and destruction were premonitory of much bigger...
ENG Sound installation: a loudspeaker is displayed in the form of a dark wooden cube, and broadcasts the voice of a man who recounts the story of a Hiroshima survivor. The sound is broadcast on a loop. Each time the speech begins, a violent light brightens the room and dims as the testimony...
EN Cruel, fanciful, comical or moving, the Canards – thin pamphlets distributed in working-class areas in the 16th and 17th centuries – were the ancestors of papers and periodical publications. Agnès Geoffray chose here to reproduce the standfirsts alone, introductions to these gruesome accounts,...
Hole, sound installation, 9'30", 2003 A girl tells her gruesome diary. The light environment decreases until the complete darkness.
Testimony, wooden speaker, sound installation with man's voice, the light decrease for the duration of sound, 35x35x35 cm, 2', loop, 2009 text