Apparent Positions Marine Hugonnier: Ariana

Ariana tells the story of a film crew that sets out to visit the Pandjshêr Valley in Northern Afghanistan. Described in classic Persian poetry as a ‘paradise garden’, the impenetrable nature of the valley and its lush, fertile landscape have set it apart from the rest of the country and encouraged a history of independence and resistance. Hugonnier’s film considers how the specificities of a landscape help to determine its history.

After the crew is unable to film the valley from a vantage point in the surrounding Hindu Kush mountains, Ariana becomes the story of a failed project that prompts a process of reflection about the ‘panorama’ as a form of strategic overview, as a cinematic camera move, and its origins as pre-cinematic mass entertainment.

Ariana was commissioned by MW Projects and Film and Video Umbrella in association with Chisenhale Gallery. Supported by the National Touring Programme of Arts Council England and sponsored by Marion and Guy Nagger and Alan Djanogly.

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Apparent Positions

This installation is the first of four in the series Apparent Positions, a series of installations by contemporary artists who work with the moving image. Based around the notion of transfigured space, the four shows – separate, yet in dialogue with one another – comprise work which deals with spaces imagined, implicated, even compromised.

Complicating and subverting the construct of landscape and the Romantic tradition, the films summon the notion of the plurality of place, of a meta-landscape; and beyond that, of the active site, loaded, both defining and defined by interaction with its occupants and would-be occupiers.

Curated by Adam Pugh for the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts . With work by Aglaia Konrad (20 October – 11 November), Beatrice Gibson (17 November – 9 December), Cyprien Gaillard (15 December – 13 January) and Marine Hugonnier (19 January – 10 February).


About the artist

Marine Hugonnier (born Paris, 1969) lives and works in London. Her practice centres on fi lm and photography and demonstrates an interest in the anthropology of images and how the imagery of a culture develops. Hugonnier has exhibited widely, with solo presentations at Konsthall Malmö, Sweden; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Chisenhale Gallery, London; and Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland. Her work has also featured in group exhibitions at MACBA, Barcelona; MOMA, New York; the 52nd Venice Biennale, and the touring exhibition British Art Show 6. She is represented by Max Wigram Gallery, London.