THE SEASONS IN QUINCY Four Portraits of John Berger


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A stimulating, deeply moving four-part essay about John Berger, whose book ‘Ways of Seeing’ changed our relationship with art and culture.

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In 1973 Berger abandoned the metropolis to live in the tiny Alpine village of Quincy. He realised that subsistence peasant farming, which had sustained humanity for millennia, was drawing to an historical close. He determined to spend the rest of his life bearing witness to this vanishing existence, not least by participating in it.

Berger’s trilogy ‘Into their Labours’ chronicles the peasant life of this Alpine village and its surrounding countryside. Our portrait places Berger in the rhythm of the seasons in Quincy. ‘The Seasons in Quincy’ is the result of a five-year project by Tilda Swinton, Colin MacCabe and Christopher Roth to produce a portrait of the intellectual and storyteller John Berger. It was produced by the Derek Jarman Lab, an audio-visual hub for graduate filmmaking based at Birkbeck, University of London, in collaboration with the composer Simon Fisher Turner.