The course of the Paillon river, leads naturally to the northern district of the Ariane in Nice. The artist Halida Boughriet was invited to reside there to produce a work based on her encounter with this territory. She set up a protocol combining staging and documentary immersion, accompanied in her discovery of the place by local associations and by the individual gaze of six women. She filmed them in common situations while collecting snatches of their individual lives: stories, a poem or a piano piece. In a sensitive approach to the surroundings of Le Paillon and Ariane’s urban planning, the camera fixes images found on the path, bathed in the soft summer light, revealing the poetry of the places but also the multiple social fissures that run through them. The slow rhythm, sometimes even slowed down, choreographs the landscapes and bodies, transfigures the urbanism through framing revealing the cinematographic dimension of these places. The time before and after are linked in a poetic and political questioning of the future of the suburbs, expressed here by those who live there. Projected in an immersive hexagonal device but open to the outside world, the work brings into resonance different faces of Nice, welcoming the elsewhere of a stigmatised district in the city centre, inviting to look at it differently.
Mathilde Roman – (Doctor of Arts and Sciences and art critic)