Suite

Work in progress, 2004-2017
127 min, color video, sound


‘Suite’ as the title suggests is a vast corpus of video work started by François Daireaux in the year 2004 and remains an ongoing one. The artist has captured and composed 176 sequences depicting gestures/actions of manual workers till date. These are endangered gestures that François Daireaux has constantly filmed and gleaned during his stay in Algeria, Argentina, Bolivia, China, India, Morocco, Mexico, Uzbekistan and Pakistan. With every passing year, the video is reworked and readjusted as new gestures that have been recorded are added and further readapted according to the context of an exhibition. It is the artist’s preoccupation to keep recording gestures in a global context, making it a work continuously in progress.