Bertille Bak’s work draws on the communities she has visited, and has observed the rituals, the gestures, the objects, which she in turn uses in her projects. Much like an ethnographer preoccupied by social conditions, she collects and archives the documents and testimonies of these populations with burlesque humor and melancholic scorn, without ever sacrificing her documentary aesthetic or making any direct claims. La Triennale: "Her videos—her preferred medium—as well as her drawings, installations, and sculptures are a way of taking at once a close and a distant look at them. Through a fine-grained observation of reality the artist explores the notion of communal identity within destabilized contexts. Questioning the memory of individuals, places, and areas, her artistic practice becomes an instigator of social cohesion, a means of building up networks, of taking a position within a group. A grandmother fleeing through the streets of a small town, a nun about to take off, a winged man: movement, displacement, and above all evasion run through all the projects of Bertille Bak, whose characters seem always to waver between resistance and fragility. In each of her projects -mini-documentaries made with an utter simplicity of means - the artist introduces the burlesque and the grotesque, leaving the viewer thrown off by the improbable adventures of her actors, whose existence veers from reality to fiction."
On Air:The ikono On Air Festival is showing three films by Bertille Bak: Court #1, Court #2 & Court #3 (2007, Black and white video, 4:3, stereo)
Bio Image from artnet: Quatrième, 2012, © Bertille Bak. Courtesy of NETTIE HORN, London Bertille Bak was born in Arras, France in 1983. Lives and works in Paris. 2007/08 - Le Fresnoy Studio National des Arts Contemporains. 2007 - Dnsap with unanimous congratulations of the jury. 2005 - Diplôme National of the 1st cycle.
Links- WATCH: Bertille Bak's »Urban Chronicle« (2011, 19:15 Min.) at Bielefelder Kunstverein - Bertille Bak on Wikipedia - Bertille Bak at Xippas - Roman Ondák and Bertille Bak at e-flux - Bertille Bak at ISPC - Rue89 - Art contemporain : Bertille Bak, si jeune, dans un si grand musée
VideosInterview from Paris Musees Bertille Bak au Musée d'Art Moderne
Image on top of page from arpla.fr: Court n°1, 2007, vidéo, 2mn30, édition 1/3, acquisition en 2010, collection du fond municipal d’art contemporain de la ville de Paris.