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Philippe Terrier-Hermann The American Tetralogy
Texts by André S. Labarthe, Masha Tupitsyn, Veronica Gonzalez, Mark von Schlegell.
published in February 2013
bilingual edition (English / French)
30 x 23 cm (hardcover)
160 pages (color ill.)
€30.00 €17.00
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ISBN: 978-2-91806-314-8
EAN: 9782918063148
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Artist's book based on Philippe Terrier-Hermann's eponymous film project, produced in California with thirty American and European actors (Douglas Booth, Ashley Hinshaw, Nana Agyapong, Béatrice Rosen, Sharon Stone, Roxane Mesquida, Nicole Garcia...). A staging of reality that questions the fictionality of cinema.
“It is precisely because of these once iconic, and now hackneyed, depictions, in fact, that we often do the things we do, are the people we are, and move to the cities we move to. We do it not simply to live the way people live in those films, in the roles those cities play on film, or the roles we play in those cinematic cities, which is its own fantasy and construction, as Thom Andersen explains in Los Angeles Plays Itself, but to look like the people in those films. This is what Terrier-Hermann’s film stills in The American Tetralogy – pictures based on an “imagined” movie, a premise only plausible and intelligible, if we possess a collective cinematic epistemology – show us. Movies, photographs, and advertising have taught us not only what it means to live, but what it looks like to live, for we do not so much have inner lives anymore, as outer ones.”
Masha Tupitsyn
See also Philippe Terrier-Hermann – La Trilogie française (postcards).
Philippe Terrier-Hermann (born in 1970 in France) studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1998, he directed his first films: Accident Providentiel at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam and Executive Partner in Tokyo. In Brussels in 2000, he directed Marie-Ange Dutheil in Grégoire. He then used the Villa Medici as the setting for Romans in which Caterina Murino and Luisa Ranieri made their first appearances. In 2003 he gave Andy Gillet his first role in Mamonaku mon amour, shot in Japan. Thanks to A. Weerasethakul, he cast Banlop Lomnoi for The Pride of Siam. In 2009, The Rift, with Simon Buret and Andy Gillet, was selected by numerous film festivals, including Indie Lisboa, Pantin and Hors Pistes in Paris. Since 2000, his work has been presented at the Busan Biennal in Korea, the Sharjah Biennal of UAE, Triennale of Prague, Villa Arson in Nice, De Appel Amsterdam, Museum voor Fotografie in Antwerp, Centro Reina Sofia in Madrid, Jeu de Paume, Pompidou Center, Grand Palais, Centre National de la Photographie, la Fémis and at the Cinémathèque française in Paris. Some of his films are part of the collection of the Pompidou Center in Paris.
Philippe Terrier-Hermann has also published four books including Internationales, Fascination & Romans, 106 beautés japonaises and 93 beautés hollandaises.