Jeu de Paume in Paris is closed until 28 September 2024 due to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. Jeu de Paume in Tours is open.

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Ijen / London (still) 2022, 16 mm, colour, sound, 7 mins
© Ben Rivers


The Smoke & The Minotaur

Ben Rivers film cycle

Saturday 25 November 2023 • 5:00 PM

Jeu de Paume – Paris

With Ben Rivers and Antoine Thirion.

Films screened

The Minotaur
2022, 16 mm, colour, sound, 13 mins, original version, English subtitles
Mare’s Nest
Excerpt (work in progress)
Ijen / London 
2022, 16 mm, colour, sound, 7 mins, original version, English subtitles

The Minotaur and Ijen / London, Ben Rivers’ most recent films, are both linked to an ongoing feature film project. Shot in the summer of 2022 and screened as part of the group exhibition “Somewhere from Here to Heaven” (curated by Garbiñe Ortega), The Minotaur shows children tormenting the mythical creature in a labyrinth in a Menorcan quarry. This will become the film within the film shot by the young protagonist of the future Mare’s Nest, some excerpts of which will be revealed during this screening. Ijen / London, which presents an apocalyptic landscape full of rocks and toxic smoke, devoid of human presence yet full of life, is connected to the After London project, already partially unveiled at the Jeu de Paume during the “Works in Progress” exhibition (2021-2022).