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Artavazd Achotovitch Peleshian

Born in 1938 in Leninakan, Armenia. Lives and works in Moscow

Artavazd A. Peleshian studied cinema at the VGIK (Cinematic Institute of Moscow) in the 1960s. It was not until later in his career that his films were recognized abroad, thanks to French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard who became his first and most ardent supporter. Today considered as one of the most important filmmakers of our time, he received the Scam Prize for Television for his whole work in 2000.
Inventor of an experimental "un-editing" technique, Peleshian threw aside the conventional rules of cinematography with his own contrapuntal editing. " Confronted with two important shots, the carriers of meaning, I do not try to bring them together, nor to confront them, but rather to create a distance between them..."
Through this contrapuntal editing process, Peleshian creates an original circular type of film radically renewing the art of cinema.

Selected Filmography ::

1993 Life, 7 min

1992 End, 8 min

1982 Our Century, 50 min (1990, short version, 30 min)

1975 Seasons, 32 min

1970 Inhabitants, 10 min

1969 Us, 30 min

Selectet Exhibitions/Screenings::

2000 un art populaire, Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris

1993 Retrospective, Centre Pompidou, Paris

1992 Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume, Paris

Selected Bibliography::

Peleshian et le montage à distance, Université de Poitiers, 1998

Un language d'avant Babel, Conversation entre Artavazd Pelechian et Jean-Luc Godard, Le Monde, April 2, 1992

Arthur Pelechian, cinéaste d'icônes, Domonique Païni, Art Press, January 1992

Pelechian, le montage-mouvement, Jean-François Pigoullié, Cahiers du Cinéma, n°454, 1991

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