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Who are today’s teenagers? What do they desire, and how do they see their future? This compelling video installation offers some answers.

Abstract

In 2019, the video artist Irvin Anneix launched into a fascinating project: offering young people aged 15 to 20, in France and elsewhere, the opportunity to film themselves in their room, alone in front of the camera, like a selfie, but addressing the person they expect to be 10 years from now. Amina in Fougères, Nora in Mayotte, and Oumar in Bobigny are some of the 50 participants who reveal their daily existence and dreams for the future in these touching, funny, and priceless time capsules.

An adaptation of social media forms, Cher futur moi provides us with a perceptive and unique record of the passage into adulthood. After featuring on social media, this documentary series was presented as a video installation at the MC93 cultural centre in Bobigny. Mirror effects were used to showcase each teenager’s diversity and singularity, while creating a dialogue with visitors. Anneix expanded his project to include 30 intimate portraits of the hopes and dreams of young people from French-speaking African countries (Morocco, Mali, Senegal, Republic of the Congo, Algeria and Ivory Coast), in a coproduction with the Lyon Dance Biennale and the transmedia company Narrative. It has also been broadcast by French television channel TV5 Monde.

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Credits

Direction Irvin Anneix | Scenography Marion Flament & Bigtime Studio | Director's assistants William Meas & Cosmo Maximin | Editing Irvin Anneix | Audiovisual production Laurence Bagot (narrative) | Scenography Marion Flament & Bigtime Studio | Exhibition curator Matthias Tronqual | Technical management Laïs Foulc

Coproduction narrative Biennale de la danse de Lyon 2021, Pôle européen de création – Ministère de la Culture/Maison de la Danse, MC93 (Seine-Saint-Denis) | Supported by the Île-de-France Region as part of the FoRTE scheme | Audiovisual production narrative with the Biennale de la danse de Lyon 2021, TV5 Monde | Supported by CNC Talents | Prix spécial, FIFE 2019

Cher futur moi nous fait rentrer dans l'adolescence de l'intérieur de manière intime, sincère, unique.

Irvin Anneix

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