‘Braguino #3 (Children’s Hut)’ was exhibited in Clément Cogitore’s self-titled first Australian solo show. Alongside his award-winning documentary ‘Braguino’, Cogitore exhibits a suite of photographs taken when he spent time filming the self-sufficient Bragin family in the Siberian boreal forest. The velvety tint of these dramatic images evokes the permanent twilight of the season when he visited. They also compel you to look closely, alluding to the family’s darkened dreams of utopia. The series offers spell-binding portraits of the Bragins at their daily tasks, balancing the fear of their only neighbours for 700 kilometres with the joy procured by the immensity of the forest.
I wanted to tell the story of this broken utopia, of this impossible community and of the paranoia of the human mind when isolated.
Cogitore’s work has notably been screened and exhibited at the Palais de Tokyo, Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), ICA (London), Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), MACRO (Rome), Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), MoMA (New York), MNBA (Québec), SeMA Bunker (Seoul), Red Brick Art Museum (Beijing), and Kunsthaus (Basel). His cinematographic pieces have also been selected and awarded prizes in numerous international festivals (Cannes, Locarno, Telluride, Los Angeles, San Sebastian). In 2018, Clément Cogitore was awarded the prestigious Marcel Duchamp Prize for Contemporary Art.