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  • Chris Marker

    Wexner Center for the Arts
    The Ohio State University 1871 North High Street
    May 12 - August 12

    Curated by Bill Horrigan

    “In Marker’s work, the face as irreducible mystery has been a gravitational force, from the country-keyed cover girls of the Petite Planète travel books onward into his films—the fathomless Koumiko; the haunting woman standing on the jetty at Orly,” wrote Horrigan in these pages last summer, introducing a portfolio of the French filmmaker’s photographs of protesters against his country’s First Employment Contract of 2006. On view among the two hundred photographs here will be some of the same, in addition to Marker’s images of historical demonstrations ranging from those for Algerian independence to others around May 1968; also on view will be pictures from his global travels over some six decades. But a few photographs of animals will, apparently, figure in as well. The pivotal question, of course: Will we catch a glimpse of his cat Guillaume?