Prune Nourry is a multi-disciplinary artist and breast cancer survivor. Born in France in 1985, Nourry’s work in sculpture, installation, performance, video and photography has consistently addressed questions of gender and the female body, often from an archaeological and anthropological point of view. It is not surprising therefore that, when she was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 31, her subsequent projects began to reflect her engagement with the disease; moreover, by training her camera’s gaze back on her previous works, she was able to appraise them afresh and ascribe new meaning to her oeuvre. ‘Destruction is not an end in itself’ is the title of a massive, fragmented Buddha-figure, half of which is pierced by thousands of incense sticks. Commissioned in 2017 by the Musée National des Arts Asiatiques-Guimet for its ‘carte blanche’ series, the work is a reference to the healing properties of acupuncture that the artist herself underwent. In this film, Nourry merges two of her identities - those of artist and patient - and delivers a visually and emotionally arresting documentary that is both a self-portrait and a reassessment of her body of work.
by Prune Nourry USA 2019 French, English, Cantonese 74’ Colour Documentary form


Director Prune Nourry
Written by Alastair Siddons
Editing Paul Carlin
Production Manager Maïa Dibie
Producer Alastair Siddons
Executive Producers Angelina Jolie, Sol Guy, Darren Aronofsky

Prune Nourry

Born in France in 1985, she is a multi-disciplinary artist interested in science and anthropology, particularly in bioethical issues. Her work combines sculpture, installation, performance, video and photography. Long-term projects such as the ‘Army of Terracotta Daughters’ have brought her to international attention and the Guimet Museum in Paris recently honoured her with a retrospective of her work. Serendipity is her debut as a film director.


Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2019