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Anne-Charlotte Finel at The Chimney

© Anne-Charlotte Finel - The Chimney

From January 17 to February 23, The Chimney presents Jacklighting, a new commision and a first solo exhibition in the U.S. of French artist Anne-Charlotte Finel

Jacklighting refers to the nocturnal hunting practice of shining bright lights into a dark field in order to momentarily blind and stun animals. Operating with a similar lighting system, the artist records transitory and ambiguous spaces through the lens of her camera. In three video projects, Finel captures urban, rural, and underground landscapes that resist clarity and intelligibility. She experiments with architectural broad shots, close-ups, and microscopic scale. Installed at different angles, heights and on various surfaces, the works on display at The Chimney explore the malleability of pixels, the abstraction and limits of perceived images. The installation is accompanied by a sound piece by electro musician and artist Luc Kheradmand, Finel’s longtime collaborator.

In her videos, Finel slows down to the rhythm of her subjects and allows time to pass through the landscapes. The works do not force narratives nor do they attempt to present a nature isolated from man. No artificial lights are needed to reveal the traces left by our species. Jacklighting is a permanent state: the natural world is preyed upon at all times, deliberately or through the unintended ramifications of human-led actions. A brave observer of our times, Finel tracks and contemplates without blinders the sites we inhabit, shape, and destroy, revealing them to us anew in all their contemporaneity.

About Anne-Charlotte Finel:

Finel is represented by the gallery Jousse Enterprise in Paris. She has been awarded artist residencies at the Centquatre in Paris  (2014), at the Cité internationale des Arts in Paris (2015-2016), and at Tabakalera in San Sebastian, Spain (2016). She has been awarded several prizes, namely the Prix vidéo de la Fondation François Sommer in Paris and the Prix du Conseil Départemental des Hauts-de-Seine at Salon de Montrouge, France. Her work is in the collections of the Centre National des Arts Plastiques (CNAP), Fonds municipal d'art contemporain de la Ville de Paris (FMAC) and the Collection du département des Hauts-de-Seine. Finel lives and works in Paris.

About Luc Kheradmand:
French artist and electro musician Luc Kheradmand, also known under his DJ alias Voiski, graduated from l’École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts de Paris – Cergy. His personal projects and collaborations have been displayed in museums and music festivals such as: the Palais de Tokyo, Paris; the Lyon Biennial, France; The Red Bull Music Festival. Kheradmand started his first label in 2008. In 2017 he released his full-length debut “Disconnections, Music For Clouds”. In 2018, he released “Sick Parrots”. His work has been presented by prestigious labels such as Construct Re-Form, L.I.E.S., Delsin, Dekmantel and Field.

This exhibition is part of Brooklyn Falls for France, a cultural season organized by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and FACE Foundation in partnership with Brooklyn venues.