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Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait

Philippe Parreno and Douglas Gordon Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait 2006, film still. Courtesy Curzon Artificial Eye

Watch an absorbing cinematic study of footballer Zinédine Zidane in this film collaboration by two Collection artists

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In association with Philippe Parreno’s Hyundai Commission for the Turbine Hall, Tate Film will be screening a 35mm print of Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait. The 2006 feature film is a collaboration between Parreno and Turner Prize-winning artist-filmmaker Douglas Gordon, who will presenting his latest film I Had Nowhere to Go at Tate Modern earlier in the month. Shot on seventeen synchronised cameras, Zidane frames the movements of footballer Zinédine Zidane in real time over the course of a single match between Real Madrid and Villareal at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in Madrid on 23 April 2005. 

Circling yet evading the actual moments of action in the match, the film subverts the logic of the game itself to a more detailed study of a remarkable figure. Zidane’s memories of the game are overlaid on the assembled footage, accompanied by intermittent sounds from the crowd and a score by Scottish post-rock band Mogwai. Additional inserts of concurrent news items from different locations in the world further expand the scope of the study to situate it precisely in its time and place. Conceived in relation to both Goya’s portraits and Warhol’s real-time films, Zidane becomes an absorbing cinematic portrait not only of the resilience of the athlete’s mind and body under pressure, but of a moment in time.


Philippe Parreno and Douglas Gordon, Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait (Zidane, un portrait du 21e siècle), France / Iceland 2006, 35mm, colour, sound, 95 min

Introduced by Andrea Lissoni, Senior Curator, International Art (Film) and curator of the Philippe Parreno’s Hyundai Commission for the Turbine Hall.

Philippe Parreno and Douglas Gordon Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait 2006, film still. Courtesy Curzon Artificial Eye

Philippe Parreno and Douglas Gordon Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait 2006, film still. Courtesy Curzon Artificial Eye

About the Filmmakers

Douglas Gordon (b. 1966, Scotland) is a Turner Prize winning artist-filmmaker who lives and works in Berlin and Glasgow. Through his work in video and film, installation, sculpture, photography and text, Gordon investigates human conditions such as memory, perception and the passage of time, as well as universal dualities such as life and death, good and evil, right and wrong. He has collaborated widely with other artists such as Jonas Mekas on the feature film I Had Nowhere to Go, as well as with musician/composer Rufus Wainwright and pianist Hélène Grimaud. Gordon currently teaches film at the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main. His works have screened in galleries and film festivals the world over and in 1997 he represented Britain at the Venice Biennale. He is represented internationally by Gagosian Gallery, as well as Untilthen in Paris, Galerie Eva Presenhuber in Zürich and Dvir Gallery in Tel Aviv.

Philippe Parreno (b. 1964, Algeria) is an artist who lives and works in Paris. He works across film, video, sound, sculpture, performance and information technology and collaborates extensively with musicians, scientists, architects and writers. His work seeks to expand understandings of duration by inviting viewers to radically re-evaluate the nature of reality, memory and the passage of time. His approach to exhibition-making radically subverts the exhibition as a collection of individual works to explores its possibilities as a coherent experience where a series of events unfold. Parreno was the first artist to take over the entire gallery space at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, with his exhibition Anywhere, Anywhere Out of the World and has had major exhibitions at HangarBicocca, Milan; Barbican Art Gallery, London; Philadelphia Museum of Art; The Serpentine Gallery, London; Witte de With, Rotterdam; and Centre Pompidou, Paris.

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28 October 2016 at 19.00–21.00

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