Valérie Jouve

Musée d'art contemporain du Val-de-Marne (MAC/VAL)

Valérie Jouve’s Synopsis d’un territoire (Synopsis of a Territory), 2003, could be described as the story of the Val-de-Marne, an administrative département southeast of Paris. Or as the story of a public commission for twelve or fifteen photographs which became an installation of 170 images and an accompanying sound track. Or also as the story of a museum in the making, namely the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Vitry-Val-de-Marne, which, in anticipation of its opening in 2005, has created a temporary exhibition “pavilion” on the construction site. However you choose to see it, Synopsis d’un territoire is a remarkable work of analysis and intuition, documentation and poetry, observation and movement.

During a four-month period in summer and fall 2003, Jouve explored the Val-de-Marne by following not only its main transportation arteries, the avenues crossing the ring road that separates

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