Cog­i­tore on the edge

VOGUE Hommes International (English) - - DIARY -

This young Al­sa­tian with jet black hair first came into the pub­lic eye in 2015, with his film, The

Wakhan Front [Nei­ther Heaven Nor Earth], about a French patrol unit based in Afghanistan, grad­u­ally find­ing them­selves out of their depth in the face of the threat from an in­vis­i­ble en­emy and the vast­ness of a ter­rain in­hab­ited by ghosts. At 33, Clé­ment Cog­i­tore is show­ing a new visionary ex­ploratory work at the BAL — as a win­ner of the Prize for Young Creation awarded by this pres­ti­gious photography and con­tem­po­rary art venue in Paris. A video–maker and pho­tog­ra­pher trained at the Stras­bourg School of Dec­o­ra­tive Arts and the Na­tional Fres­nay – Stu­dio of Con­tem­po­rary Arts, Cog­i­tore likes to mix dis­ci­plines in his quest to cre­ate images. For Braguino or the im­pos­si­ble com­mu­nity, he trav­elled to the con­fines of the Siberian Taiga, a re­gion cut off from the rest of the world reached only af­ter days of gru­elling pere­gri­na­tions by plane, pick – up truck, boat and he­li­copter. The “Old Believ­ers ” live here, Rus­sian or­tho­dox com­mu­ni­ties born from the schism with the of­fi­cial 17th – century church. Two fam­i­lies co – ex­ist in this no man’s land, but time has got the bet­ter of their utopia of liv­ing iso­lated from the world. To­day, they hate each other and Clé­ment Cog­i­tore plunges into the ru­ins of their hu­man, mys­ti­cal and po­lit­i­cal project. As this cap­ti­vat­ing im­age cre­ator likes to say : “Be­lief is the way man has found to with­stand the chaos and bru­tal­ity of the world.” BAL (Paris ), from 15 Septem­ber to 23 De­cem­ber 2017

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