Pougues-les-Eaux, France

Lil Reynaud Dewar

Parc Saint Léger Centre d'Art Contemporain

“I always work in a disturbed in situ,” explains French artist Lili Reynaud Dewar, whose solo show here included a large black wall that partitioned the gallery in two. Within this bisected space, which hosted video, sculpture, and photography, she built bridges—deliberately anachronistic ones—between the media of cinema and performance.

Reynaud Dewar’s inspiration was the Black Maria, Thomas Edison’s Kinetograph production studio, which operated for just four years at the end of the nineteenth century. Kinetographs were the very first motion pictures, and the studio attracted hordes of performers who wished to appear in them. The resultant milieu, “where dancers, the strongest man in the world, and Buffalo Bill all crossed paths, produced,” according to the artist, “vibrant miniscenes on the frontier between cinema and live entertainment.” From this cusp, “a world split by the question of

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