Laëtitia Badaut Haussmann
And It Was Not a Party Anymore, 2020
Video, colours, sound
“And It Was Not a Party Anymore” is a film set on the site of the former Musée de la Sculpture en Plein Air, located on the Square Tino Rossi on the Quai Saint-Bernard in the fifth arrondissement of Paris. The film follows a group of teenage girls walking through this ghostly institution, this museum without walls where works by artists including Marta Pan, Marta Colvin, Aglae Liberaki and Livba are presented.
The entire work process: location scouting, rehearsals, references, actions and filming, produced the material for the film itself. “And It Was Not a Party Anymore” is intended to be the recording of this moment, conceived as both a celebration and a wake.
One of the teenage girls is dressed as “Baptiste”: black leather jacket, white T-shirt, blue jeans. “Baptiste” is the karateka ghost of Pascale Ogier in Jacques Rivette’s Le pont du Nord (1981). In Rivette’s film, “Marie” (Bulle Ogier) says to “Max” (Jean-François Stévenin): “The day belongs to power, the night to power”. The “Max” play the role of the narcotics, the RG, the cops in civilian clothes. That’s what “Baptiste” (Pascale Ogier) calls them in the film. At the end of the story, Bulle Ogier is shot by her lover. After the film, Pascale Ogier died of a respiratory complication, probably due to an overdose, on the eve of her 26th birthday.
In the short film Letter to Freddy Buach (1982), Jean-Luc Godart says “there is an emergency” when the police ask him to stop filming because he is parked on the side of the road with his crew: the sun is disappearing.
There is an emergency because the bodies are dying and fading away, the ruins are advancing, at night too. Not good night, but darkness. It is urgent to film these teenage girls in this way because they are the embodiment of vitality, transition, passage and fragility. It is urgent to film the wall-less ruins of a museum that is no longer there. There is an urgent need to film a territory living on the banks of the Seine, a territory on the banks of the Seine that changes according to the seasons, budgets and policies, the population and what the different communities that cross it do with it.
“And It Was Not a Party Anymore” attempts to capture a space without contour, the ghost of an institution, by and according to the bodies that cross it. There is an urgency to do things, drifts to the Rivette in Paris, performances that try, gestures that help us, dances for the dead and for young girls.
Laëtitia Badaut Haussmann (Paris, 1980) was awarded the 2017 AWARE Prize. A graduate of the École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts Paris-Cergy in 2006, she took part in the Pavillon residency programme at Palais de Tokyo in 2011-2012. In 2016, she was resident at Villa Kujoyama in Kyoto, Japan. Badaut Haussmann is represented by Galerie Allen and teaches at Parsons Paris – The New School.
Badaut Haussmann’s artistic works revolve around the notion of para-architecture. Her research is situated at the intersection of several fields including domesticity, psychology and feminism. Her practice is centred around the concept of design and its history as a social and political expression. She works with sculpture, installation, image, text, video, sound ; the exhibition being her main medium. Her work has been the subject of several solo and group shows, including: Musée départemental d’art contemporain de Rochechouart (Rochechouart, France), Beeler Gallery (Columbus, Ohio), MRAC (Sérignan, France), MUSEION (Bolzano, Italy), MUDAM (Luxembourg), Centre Pompidou (Metz and Paris, France), @KCUA Gallery (Kyoto, Japan), La Galerie CAC (Noisy-Le-Sec, France), Via Farini (Milano, Italy), CAC Passerelle (Brest, France), Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris (Paris).
“Intérieurs 2020” is a public commission of 10 short videos from 10 artists made by MAM Paris as part of its initiative to support young artistic scene.
In the current context of health crisis, the Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris, The Friends of Museum Society and its Committee on Contemporary Art has set up an initiative with the aim to support 10 young artists.
The artists selected by the curatorial team of the Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris are Marie Angeletti, Laëtitia Badaut Haussmann, Gaëlle Choisne, Morgan Courtois, Arash Hanaei, Jean-Charles de Quillacq, Clément Rodzielski, Sara Sadik, Naoki Sutter-Shudo and Stefan Tcherepnin.
Each artist has been invited to create a short video without any specific theme imposed. Friends of the Museum Society donates the films united under the title «Intérieurs 2020».