Agnès Varda

Agnès Varda, Ulysses (film still), 1982. Image courtesy the artist

Agnès Varda, Ulysses (film still), 1982. Image courtesy the artist

Agnès Varda (b. 1928, Brussels, Belgium) lives and works in Paris, France. Varda studied art history at the École du Louvre and took night classes in photography. With no film training, she wrote and directed La pointe courte (1954), considered the beginning of French New Wave filmmaking. Le bonheur (Happiness) (1965) won Silver Bear at Berlin Film Festival and Sans toit ni loi (Vagabond) (1985) was awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. The Beaches of Agnès (2008) won a César Award for Best Documentary Film. She was awarded the Palme d’Or d’Honneur at Cannes Film Festival in 2015. Faces Places (2017) co-directed with french artist JR won L’Oeil d’Or at Cannes Film Festival.

Exhibitions include Blum & Poe, New York City, USA (2017); Musée d'Ixelles, Brussels, Belgium (2016); Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (2016); LACMA, Los Angeles, USA (2013-2014); Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, Paris, France (2006); and Venice Biennale, Italy (2003).