To Jean Dubuffet

A film by Benoît Labourdette (4’19s, 2018).
15 December 2018. Published by Benoît Labourdette.

“I am absolutely convinced that anyone, without any special knowledge or skills, without having to look at I don’t know what so-called native dispositions, can devote themselves to art with every chance of success.” Jean Dubuffet

Texts by Jean Dubuffet quoted in the film

“I am absolutely convinced that anyone, without any special knowledge or skills, without having to look at any of the so-called native dispositions, can engage in art with every chance of success. He will only have to discover the means of expression that suit him, that allow him to externalize his moods without distorting or losing anything; that is what is difficult! This is what most of the time requires a long and patient process of experimentation and research.”

“It is because art is a language, to which it is up to us to implement our inner voices which are not usually exercised, or which are only exercised in a deaf and suffocated way. It is primarily up to art to substitute new eyes for our usual eyes, to break everything that is usual, to break all the crusts of the usual, to burst the shell of the social and police man and to open the passages through which his inner voices as a wild man can be expressed.”

Writings from Jean Dubuffet to Pierre Carbonel, quoted by Christian Vancau.

End credits of the film

  • Paintings, images, music, direction: Benoît Labourdette
  • with the musical participation of Bénédicte Loyen, Hélène Le Guillou and Yves Rousselet
  • thanks to Myriam Drosne
  • 2018

Jean Dubuffet

Jean Dubuffet (1901, 1985) is a French painter and sculptor. He is the founder of the concept of “art brut”. He is an artist in permanent revolution, a pioneer, open to questioning and resistant to the institution. He is internationally recognized for his essential contribution to the conception of art, his inimitable sculptures present in all the major capitals and his many writings, which have always accompanied his creative work in the visual arts.

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