Agnès Varda


3 moving images. 3 places. 3 rhythms. 3 feelings. 3 sounds, 2018
Three-channel video with sound (duration 6 mins)


Ulysse, 1982
Single-channel video with sound (duration 22 mins): photographic print 


5 rêveurs, 2012
Photographic print


In her 90th year, Varda will present her first new commission in the UK. Commissioned by Liverpool Biennial and FACT, 3 moving images. 3 places. 3 rhythms. 3 feelings. 3 sounds is a three-channel video installation combining extracts from her films Vagabond (1985), Documenteur (1981) and The Gleaners (2000). This visceral installation is a fragmented collection of sounds and visuals from these film works, the poetic images dancing between violence, abstraction and ritual. 3 moving images highlights the importance of reflection and revisitation within Varda’s work, stimulating questions around temporality and the rhythm of human life.


Varda will also show an installation comprising her seminal film Ulysse (1982) and a photograph she took in 1954, as well as a large-scale photographic installation entitled 5 rêveurs (2012).


The presentation will be accompanied by a programme of weekly screenings of her works and a personally curated selection of films to accompany her own (Agnès Varda: Pioneer film programme is presented every Wednesday from 18 July to 17 October 2018, 6.30pm).


Agnès Varda is commissioned by Liverpool Biennial and FACT. The Liverpool Biennial 2018 film programme is presented as a partnership between FACT, Picturehouse, University of Liverpool and the BFI.


Image: Agnès Varda by Juliafabry © Ciné-Tamaris

More about Agnès Varda

Agnès Varda (French, b. 1928, Brussels, Belgium) lives and works in Paris, France. Varda studied art history at the École du Louvre and took night classes in photography. After years of photography, she switched to cinema with no film training. She wrote and directed La pointe courte (1954), considered the beginning of French New Wave filmmaking. Le Bonheur (Happiness) (1965) won the Silver Bear at Berlin Film Festival and Sans toit ni loi (Vagabond) (1985) was awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. The Beaches of Agnès (2008) won a César Award for Best Documentary Film. She also won the Palme d’Or d’Honneur at Cannes Film Festival in 2015. Faces Places (2017) co-directed with French artist JR won L’Oeil d’Or at Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for the 90th Academy Awards. In 2017, she also received an Honorary Award at the Governors Awards. Her exhibitions include Galerie Nathalie Obadia Paris (2018), Blum & Poe, New York City, USA (2017); Musée d'Ixelles, Brussels, Belgium (2016); Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (2016); LACMA, Los Angeles, USA (2014); CAFA Museum Beijing and Hubei Art Museum Wuhan, China (2012), Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, Paris, France (2006); and 50th Venice Biennale, Italy (2003).