Native Land, curated by Hervé Chandès, was born from conversations between its key players, Paul Virilio and the French filmmaker and photographer, Raymond Depardon.
In his film Hear Them Speak, which was part of the original 2008 exhibition, Depardon, in close collaboration with sound engineer Claudine Nougaret, gave a voice to traditional people who expressed their attachment to their native land in their endangered mother languages. In contrast, Virilio examined and challenged the very idea of sedentariness in the face of increasingly complex contemporary human trajectories. The exhibition was thus at once a contradictory and complementary dialogue between these two perspectives: "Raymond Depardon and I both came around to this same question: what is left of this world, of our native land, of the history of what so far is the only habitable planet?" (Paul Virilio, 2008).
These are the questions that ultimately led to the installation Exit, created by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Mark Hansen, Laura Kurgan, and Ben Rubin, in collaboration with Stewart Smith and Robert Gerard Pietrusko.
Image : Paul Virilio, 2006 © Raymond Depardon / Magnum photos