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Care : a film by Valérie Massadian


133 Sycamore St,

Decatur, GA 30032  

Reception & Talk,


October 14, 2022 @ 8:00 pm 11:00 pm

For Core Dance’s 2022-23 REEL Art Series, French filmmaker and Villa Albertine resident Valerie Massadian will present her highly poetic work Care  from October 1 to November 17, 2022. A reception and a meeting with Valérie Massadian will take place on October 14 at 8pm, at Core Dance.  

REEL Art is a platform for original film installations – a contemporary art form that combines video technology with installation art – making use of the storefront windows of Core Dance’s studio building. Coupled with, all aspects of the surrounding environment of the Decatur Square, passersby/the audience are affected by this ingenious visual experience. As an installation, this work is unique in its use and design for the Core Dance Studio windows. 

For Core Dance’s 2022-23 REEL Art Series, Valerie Massadian (France), Michael Eckblad (USA), Lori Teague (USA), Amador Artiga (Czech Republic/Spain) and Loren McFalls (USA) will premiere video installation works commissioned by Core Dance and inspired by the theme, Gestures. 



Beyond words 

Without words 

Gestures that nurture 

Gentle, patient, giving and caring 

Invisible little gestures feeding our souls 

This event is part of Core Dance’s 2022-23 REEL Art Series and France Atlanta and is co-presented by Core Dance and Villa Albertine

Valerie Massadian is a self-taught filmmaker and photographer. Her first feature, Nana, received the Opera Prima Award at the Locarno Film Festival in 2011. Her second feature, Milla, as well as her short films, have been shown and awarded at international film festivals including Locarno, Valdivia, Jeonju, FICUNAM and Doclisboa. Her work focuses mainly on the primal physicality of female characters and how they relate to the natural world. Developed over time with each protagonist, her films mix fairy tale and realism, poetics and politics to play with the boundaries of fiction and define their own dimensions.   

This fall, Valérie Massadian is one of the residents of Villa Albertine, the newest French cultural institution in the United States. Valérie Massadian’s residency is part of a federal-scale Villa Albertine project intiated by Catherine Bizern entitled 10 in America and produced by Les Films Hatari that gives 10 French filmmakers the opportunity to shoot their own experience of one city in the United States. Valérie Massadian has been offered the chance to tackle the city of Atlanta: “In my film, a van is turned into a kind of mobile speaking corner, parked at the heart of the dissonantly disparate neighborhoods that weave together the city of Atlanta”.