The beekeeper Shé Zuo Bin performs a traditional rite of spring on one of the rocks. He allows queen bees to be placed on his body who then summon worker bees. By the end, the beekeeper body is entirely covered by bees. In a kind of trance, he stands utterly still. The buzzing of bees dominates all. He trusts the bees completely, and for a moment they lose all that is dangerous, terrifying. They are a protective shield.
Marc Johnson (Vitry-Sur-Seine, France, 1986) is a Franco-Beninese architect, visual artist
and film director who works at the intersection of architecture, performance, photography and
cinema. Marc Johnson has studied at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris,
from 2006 to 2011 (MFA). He studied at the Hunter College of Art, New York (2010) and
continued his studies from 2011-2013 at the National School of Architecture Paris-Malaquais
(HMONP). In 2012 he followed a workshop at the China Academy of Art, Hangzhou. In 2007,
he was a guest artist of the A.R.T. Artists-in-Residence programme in Tokyo.
Marc Johnson has received many grants and awards for his work as an artist, including
the LVMH Young Artist Award (2009), the Clermont-Tonnerre Prize from the Association des
Amis des Beaux-Arts de Paris (2009), the Colin-Lefranc grants from the French Ministry of
Culture (2009) and the D-SPAR art prize from the Dhillon-Marty Foundation (2012).
In 2011 Marc Johnson was commissioned by the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts
de Paris a site-specific intervention (ATLAS-in-situ) in the Glass Atrium. Marc Johnson has
been exhibiting worldwide including at the Fondation Ricard, Paris (2010), Nadiff Gallery,
Tokyo (2007), Valerie Bach Gallery, Brussels (2011), Chandigarh Art College, Chandigarh
(2012), Nairang Gallery, Lahore (2012), Organhaus Art Space, Chongqing (2014), Jeu de
Paume arts center, Paris (2014), 65th International Filmfestspiele Berlin, Berlinale, (2015).
65th Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin, Berlinale Shorts 2015