Agnès Geoffray

Incidental Gestures


The photographic ensemble Incidental Gestures proceeds from what is lost, missing, absent. This photographic series revolves around the repossessing of archive images, that Agnès Geoffray manipulates until reaching a different reality.

The image is retouched, counterfeited, reinvented; the original image is therefore lost: it only survives as a ghost of the original self. The artist sheds a light on those manipulations able to throw a pre-existing image into a new reality. The dramatic potential of the same image, of the same gesture can be highlighted or downplayed. Overwhelmingly inspired by well-known manipulated images seen under totalitarian regimes, Incidental Gestures subtly explores the notion of victim. This manipulation allows Agnès Geoffray to ask for forgiveness, restoring the victims’ dignity (she covers a woman with a dress at the Liberation, or recreates the face on a broken head). Other times she works in the opposite direction, highlighting the dramatic dimension of a previously common scene.


Agnès Geoffray’s project is part of the group exhibition Archivi del futuro, curated by Diane Dufour, Elio Grazioli and Walter Guadagnini.

Palazzo Da Mosto hosts a reflection on the relationship between two seemingly opposite terms: archive and future. The decisions and the choices we make today determine what our future will be: what we keep and store and therefore what will be passed on; but also how to do it, and for what reasons.

Daniel Blaufuks, Alessandro Calabrese, Kurt Caviezel, Edmund Clark and Crofton Black, David Fathi, Agnès Geoffray and Teresa Giannico investigate different modes in the latest uses of “archives” to achieve designing a map of presen and future thoughts.

Agnès Geoffray is a French photographer. She was a resident at the Amsterdam Rijksakademie and a fellow at the Académie de France of Villa Medici (Rome). Her work has been recently included in exhibits such as Soulèvements at the Jeu de Paume in Paris and Un Musée imaginé at the Centre Pompidou in Metz. Her works have also been displayed at the Kusthaus in Zurich, at the Kunsthalle Wien of Vienna, at the Mac Val in Vitry-sur-Seine, at the Centre de la Photographie in Geneva, at the Centre Photographique d’Ile-de-France in Pontault-Combault, at the Frac Auvergne in Clermont-Ferrand. Her works have been acquired by several collections, including the Fond National d’Art Contemporain (Paris), the Frac Auvergne (Clermont-Ferrand), the Mac Val (Vitry-sur-Seine), the Centre Pompidou Musée National d’Art Moderne (Paris) and the Musée de l’Elysée (Lausanne). She is the subject of three monographs published by the Bruxelles-based publishing company La Lettre Volée: Ultieme Hallucinatie, Profond silence and the most recent Les Captives.

Palazzo Da Mosto – 2pm
Archivi del futuro
Guided tour with Daniel Blaufuks, Alessandro Calabrese, Kurt Caviezel, Edmund Clark and Crofton Black, Agnès Geoffray, Teresa Giannico


Teatro Cavallerizza – 11.30am
Archivi del futuro
Diane Dufour, Elio Grazioli, Walter Guadagnini talk with Daniel Blaufuks, Alessandro Calabrese, Kurt Caviezel, Edmund Clark and Crofton Black, Agnés Geoffray,Teresa Giannico


MAY 27 
Palazzo Da Mosto – 4.30pm
Guided tour – 3€
info and booking:, +39 0522444446


JUNE 24 
Palazzo Da Mosto –  4.30pm
Guided tour with Walter Guadagnini

Exhibition Venue

Palazzo da Mosto
via Mari, 7
42121 Reggio Emilia


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