About this artwork
This film follows in real time the movements of the celebrated ex-captain of the French national football team, Zinédine Zidane, during a match between his Spanish club Real Madrid and Villareal. For the entirety of the match Gordon and Parreno trained seventeen synchronised cameras on Zidane alone, using different types of film and placed in various positions around the stadium. The result is a concentrated and absorbing study which offers a unique perspective on the legendary player’s contribution to the match, contrasting bursts of furious activity with long periods of intense mental and emotional focus. Presented as a double projection, the viewpoint of the audience is altered emphasising both artists’ interest in new ways of looking at something that may seem familiar.
- title: Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait
- accession number: GMA 4813
- artists: Douglas GordonScottish (born 1966) Philippe ParrenoFrench (born 1964)
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Installation
- subject: Video Art Sport and leisure
- materials: Film
- date created: 2005 - 2006
- credit line: Purchased 2006
- photographer: Antonia Reeve Antonia Reeve
Gordon was born in Glasgow and studied at Glasgow School of Art and the Slade School of Fine Art, London. He has worked in video, photography, sound, text and other media and uses predominantly 'found' material. Gordon is fascinated by our binary nature and our tendency to split things into opposites: black and white, good and evil. His work investigates ambiguity and the disruption of the normal, accepted ways of seeing the world. He is one of the most successful of contemporary Scottish artists, winning prestigious art prizes in Europe and the United States, including the Turner Prize in 1996. Important shows have been staged in Frankfurt (2011), Edinburgh and New York (2006), London and Bregenz (2002), Los Angeles (2001), Liverpool and Paris (2000), and Eindhoven (1995). He teaches at the Städelschule, Frankfurt and lives and works in Berlin and Glasgow.
Internationally acclaimed French artist Parreno works in a variety of media, from ‘traditional’ drawing and sculpture, to more contemporary modes of expression such as performance and video. His work often includes, and evolves from, interesting and unusual collaborations with a variety of artists, filmmakers, scientists and curators. Primarily centring on the interrogation of the nature of an image, Parreno frequently re-uses existing material before manipulating it and incorporating his own ideas in an attempt to re-establish perceptions of reality. Parreno was born in Oran, Algeria, before studying at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Grenoble from 1983-8. He lives and works in Paris. Alongside his career as an artist he regularly writes for magazines.