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Clément Cogitore Wins 2018 Marcel Duchamp Prize

The Centre Pompidou and the Association pour la Diffusion Internationale de l’Art Français (ADIAF) in Paris have announced that the thirty-five-year-old filmmaker Clément Cogitore has won the eighteenth edition of the Marcel Duchamp Prize, an annual $40,000 award that aims to raise the profile of contemporary French artists. Artists Mohamed Bourouissa, Thu Van Tran, and Marie Voignier were also nominated for the prize.

Born in Colmar in 1983, Cogitore is known for his numerous films, videos, installations, and photographs that often feature themes of collective memory, ritualism, and the figuration of the sacred. “His work shows a keen eye on the most contemporary topics and takes highly sophisticated technologies to question the status of images in a world stuffed with information,” said Bernard Blistène, director of the Musée National d’Art Moderne.

Cogitore’s first feature-length film, Ni le ciel Ni la terre (Neither Heaven nor Earth), 2015, a fictional story chronicling a mission being carried out by French army commander Antarès Bonassieu and his troops in Afghanistan in 2014, won the Prix de la Fondation Gan at the Cannes Film Festival. That same year he also won the Bal Prize for contemporary art. His work has been exhibited at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Represented by Galerie Eva Hober in Paris and Galerie Reinhard Hauff in Stuttgart, Germany, Cogitore lives and works in Paris.

The 2018 prize jury comprised Blistène; Gilles Fuchs, president of ADIAF; Jean-Claude Gandur, president of the Gandur Art Foundation; Maja Hoffmann, president of the Luma Foundation; Laurent Le Bon, president of the Picasso Museum; Marina Loshak, director of the Pushkin Fine Arts Museum; and Akemi Shiraha, a representative of the Marcel Duchamp Association.