Grandmother of French New Wave Cinema, Agnès Varda, on becoming an Artist at 88. An inspiring story to show that it is never too late to follow our passions.

This is the inspiring story of 88 year old Agnès Varda, “grandmother of the French Art New Wave.” For decades she felt she wasn’t allowed to move out of her filmmaking and be the artist she always wanted to be. Loved and venerated as a filmmaker, Varda’s secret passion was always to be an artist. However she felt pigeonholed and unable to explore her passion. Then in her mid 70s, her big break came when she was asked to take part in the 2003 Venice Biennale. This was to be the big moment of her transition from filmmaker to artist, As she says “I’m lucky, in a way, to have discovered another form of expression in the last part of my life” and although it has taken over 10 years since her first exhibition she is now being taken seriously as an artist. A wonderful story to show that it is never too late to follow our passions.

"I’m lucky, in a way, to have discovered another form of expression in the last part of my life."

Agnès Varda

Agnès Varda, La cabane du film La Pointe Courte d'Agnès Varda, 2017. Courtesy of the artist and Blum & Poe, Los Angeles/New York/Tokyo.

You can read the full interview by Chris Hubert at Artsy.Net here.

Agnès Varda, Bord de Mer, 2009. Courtesy of the artist and Blum & Poe, Los Angeles/New York/Tokyo


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