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Baptiste Penetticobra

Photographer

Baptiste Penetticobra (born 19 April 1991, France) is a film director and photographer. His work has been exhibited at the French art foundation le Palais de Tokyo and at the Centre Pompidou where he received a production grant for his short For Real, tho, a film about its own spectators’ relationship to fiction. For Real tho has been screened and gained special mentions at several festivals and exhibitions in the United States and throughout Europe. His work primarily focuses on prosaic environments and their relationship to fiction, signs, and narrative, in which video consists of series of climatic and spatial images whereas photography works as extensions or appendixes of those territories. Baptiste was in residence at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture in Los Angeles between 2017 and 2018, where he exhibited Home, Hood, Hills, a body of work (photography, object, and installation) about the presence and purpose of language as it appears on signage in the streetscape of the city. More recently, Baptiste was invited by the contemporary art magazine Kaleidoscope Magazine to produce a coming-of-age video installation about the paranoia-tinged events of the 2000 New Year’s Eve and the aesthetic and linguistic obsessions of the Milanese subcultures of the time. The five-channel installation was filmed and presented at Spazio Maiocchi in Milan, Italy.  He currently lives and works in Paris.

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