Marie Voignier’s works explore the creative potential found in the tension between the documentary and the fictional. Fiction, in her films, becomes a space of interrogation and destabilisation of received truths and norms. For SB2019, Voignier researched one of the most important sub-Saharan African communities in China and interviewed African businesswomen in Guangzhou. The film explores the different experiences of women traders from Cameroon and Biafra who settle in, or pass through, Guangzhou. Between direct cinema and re-enactment, the manner of filming is deliberately ambivalent. The film’s characters also have a certain elusiveness, even as they grapple with the decisions and consequences of everyday deeds.
Production supported by: Institut FranÇais Paris
Images courtesy of the Artist
Marie Voignier (b. 1974, Ris Orangis, France) studied at the Ecole nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Lyon, and received a degree in Physics from the Technical University of Berlin as well as a degree in Gender Studies from Humboldt University of Berlin. She directed and presented ‘Hearing the Shape of a Drum’ at Berlin Biennale (2010), ‘Hinterland’ at Prix des médiathèques FID (Marseille, 2009) and ‘Le Bruit du Canon’ at Prix du court-métrage – Cinéma du Réel (Paris, 2007). Her works have been shown at Nordart (Germany, 2019), Venice Biennale (2017) and Berlin International Film Festival (2017), amongst others. She lives and works in Paris, France.