La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc (Rozelle Hospital, Sydney)


Installation, two channel projection with red velvet curtains

Video (Twelve and a Marionette): 40min. 55sec. Video (La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc): 97min. 2sec.

Based on Carl Dreyer's silent movie The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928), which shows Joan sinking into madness, Venezuelan video-maker Javier Téllez's work confronts a projection of the original film with a series of interviews with 12 female patients of a psychiatric hospital in Sydney.

The 12 patients reinvent the trial of Joan of Arc in as many intimate, very singular versions, each a subtext to Dreyer's film in which they project their subjectivity, fears and daily constraints. They all somewhat re-stage the ‘trial’ they have been subjected to in psychiatric institutions. In this video as in his other works, Javier Téllez organizes a dialogue between people who are left behind and invisible because of their pathology and the history of art.

Held by the Pinault Collection, La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc (Rozelle Hospital, Sydney) was presented in the group show À Triple tour (“triple locked”) at the Paris Conciergerie, in 2013.