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Italian artist Claudio Zulian works on representations of power, with teenagers from underprivileged neighbourhoods. Produced with the support of Paris’s flagship photography gallery, the Jeu de Paume, his film Power No Power is the result of a year-long collaboration with pupils aged 11 to 14, at Aulnay-sur-Bois.
‘What power would you most like to have? How would you use it at school? At home? In your town? In the world? For yourself? For your friends?’ These were the question posed by Claudio Zulian, to school pupils at Aulnay-sous-Bois (north of Paris), as the starting-point for a new film.
Power No Power explores young people’s representations of power – political and social, in the media and the economy – on their home territory, and in the wider world. Their personal experiences and relationships, between parents and children, friends and social groups, provide additional material.
Beyond the workshop scenario established by Claudio Zulian to define the film’s setting, stories and protagonists, the pupils were closely involved as actors, discovering the mysteries of a professional film shoot through a collaborative approach that lead Zulian to question his own practice, in turn. Power no Power is, he says, ‘inhabited by the issue of control in all its formal dimensions.’
The present film was shot in the French department of Seine-Saint-Denis, following an earlier section filmed in Barcelona in 2011.
The Fondation d’entreprise Hermès supports this collective, grass-roots project focused on helping individuals to discover and realise their full potential, and to explore their relationships with others. Power No Power will be screened at the Jeu de Paume in Paris as part of a season of films by Claudio Zulian, from October 22 to November 3, 2013.
From 10/22/2013 to 11/03/2013
Jeu de Paume
1 place de la Concorde
75008 Paris, France