La Cinquième Promenade
Victor Burgin (1941, Sheffield) is a key figure of Conceptual art. His work, influenced by Roland Barthes and Structuralism, is intensely analytical. The viewer must combine seemingly disparate elements into the same vision, in which semiology may inform both political and commercial propaganda. After making work that combined texts and photographs, Burgin turned to video in the latter half of the 1980s. The exhibition presented six of his video pieces on the second floor, including La Cinquième Promenade, commissioned for the occasion, as well as several photographic series. This piece, loosely inspired by The Invention of Morel by Adolfo Bioy Casares and the Confessions of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, suggests the metaphor of the island, and superimposes several layers of memory and narrative. It contains a recurring theme in Burgin’s work—a woman waiting, facing a landscape. Its visually seductive images produce a formal fantasy that lies between the realms of photography and cinema.