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& a Fade to Grey

filmmaker : Lydie Jean-dit-Pannel
Composer : Brice Ramondenc
France, 2014

French, English
French, English


Lydie Jean-Dit-Pannel, haunted by a stay in the Fukushima region, produces an engaged video poetry dealing with the risks and disasters of civil and military nuclear power. She uses the character she has created for herself, the "lady butterfly", as a vector and makes it coincide with an iconic character, Psyche, who serves as her guide, in a poetic and ironic way. A testimony and a solitary, absurd and dismayed wandering in the nuclear landscape.

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Since Lydie Jean-Dit-Pannel first encountered the trajectory of the Monarch butterfly, she has placed the traveling Lepidoptera at the heart of her work, research and plastic creations. Fascinated by the habits and the complex migration of this small animal, the image of a female Monarch butterfly is inscribed under her skin on each of her travels. Today, these butterflies are severely endangered. Watching them evolve has become the scale of the state of Lydia's world. It is in this state of mind that she has been working since her return from the Fukushima region in September 2013.
In "& A Fade to Grey", her strange female character, pensive and tormented, wanders through nuclear-haunted landscapes, from Fukushima to Chernobyl, Nevada, Brussels and the Haute-Marne.

Nicole Fernández Ferrer
General Delegate of the Centre Audiovisuel Simone de Beauvoir
with the help of Anne-Laure Berteau

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Lydie Jean-dit-Pannel

"Born in 1968, Lydie Jean-Dit-Pannel lives and works between Dijon and Paris. She teaches at the École Nationale Supérieure d'Art de Dijon. She has been questioning the image for more than twenty years through long-term projects. Video, photography, performance, installation, tattoo and text are all formats that she explores in her work. Highly aware of the damage that humans are doing to the planet, she produces important works related to the disappearance of the Monarch butterfly or nuclear dissemination. In recent years, Psyché has become her muse. This thoughtful ancient heroine, solitary adventurer, wounded lover and surviving warrior has established herself as her artistic alter ego. "

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