Last week, one of those women who made us believe that all was possible left us. Agnès Varda was the French artist, photographer, and cinematographer who revolutionized the world of documentaries by developing her own style and creating a unique way of finding beauty in the most marginal of realities.
She died at ninety. And in a way, she died working since one of her last projects, the documentary Faces Places, in collaboration with the artist JR, had such a universal impact that, of a sudden, the woman who was visible for a generation but completely invisible for another, began to be visible in all possible realities.
When I read the news of her passing last Friday, I began to guzzle many of her works, some of which I had already seen and some which I did not know at all. I began to rediscover the work of a woman whom I had followed for years, whom I had later forgotten, and who with the vibrant Faces Places was suddenly everywhere. I placed her once again on my list of heroines. Varda died, but her legacy remains. Her works—works of genius like Patatutopia—will go down in history. Because if we learned something over the last few years, it is that socially committed women artists have always existed, they were simply invisible.
A few years ago, Varda herself gave a fascinating TEDx conference about inspiration, about her particular way of writing through images, of creating her own language. She liked working at the margins and said: «The way you look at things is what makes them beautiful». Today, I will look at the world through her eyes…