Magali Charrier

Magali Charrier (born France, 1975) currently lives and works in London, UK.

She received a Diplôme National d'Arts Plastiques from L'école Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Montpellier (Montpellier, France) in 1996, a BA from the University of Brighton (Brighton, UK)

in 2000, and an MA from the Royal College of Art (London, UK) in 2010. Charrier was chosen for a residency at The Place, London Contemporary Dance School (London, UK) in 2012.

She has received numerous awards for her work including the VideoDansa, Barcelona Prize, Imatge, Dansa i Nous Mitjans Festival (Barcelona, Spain) in 2011, the National Association of Higher Education in the Moving Image programme, Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival (Bristol, UK) in 2010, and Best Dance Film, Cinedans, Dance on Screen Festival (Amsterdam, the Netherlands) in 2008. She received the Audience Prize, Moving Pictures Festival of Dance on Film and Video (Toronto, Canada) in 2005.

Charrier has had solo exhibitions at the The Place, London Contemporary Dance School (London, UK) in 2012 and at the Soomdo Gallery (Seoul, South Korea) in 2011.

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“I use drawing as a tool for investigating the human body and its inner workings—giving sight to what is only felt, not yet seen or known. By merging animated drawings with live action, I put mark making at the centre of filmmaking. In their dialogue, body and trace question the materiality of movement and of human presence.

For films4peace, I was concerned with depicting the intimate battles that occur daily within oneself and the chaotic journey that takes place in order to reach inner peace. A simple setting: one fixed long shot, a human figure in an empty space. Stillness. Suddenly shadows flicker out of the human figure, sporadically first, then frenetically entering and extracting themselves, interfering and frantically disrupting the initial state, building up to darkness. Peace comes as a sudden breath born out of chaos.”