Channel: participating artists
Lucy Orta's work is concerned with people and communities who have been marginalised from society or displaced by war. By conjoining tents, suits and other forms of personal environment Orta focuses on the ideas of community, protection, autonomy and sustainability. As a consequence, she re-thinks fashion and clothing in a more ethical, 'socially responsive and sustainable' way, drawing upon their status as signs within our culture to stimulate reflexion and praxis.
Lucy Orta is an internationally renowned British artist who lives and works in Paris. A monograph on her work has recently been published by Phaidon. Recent projects have included a solo exhibition at the Barbican (London) and an ephemeral installation at Marambio Scientific Base, Antarctica.
For over fifteen years, Djamel Tatah has been working on the representation and stylisation of isolated human figures, set against apparently monochrome backgrounds. He begins by taking a photograph of a friend, within minimal staging, which is then reproduced on the computer screen before being projected onto a canvas and painted. Each stage is subject to further sylistion, in the abstract rather than mannerist sense. Vibration is achieved through the density of the paint and the constrast between the sonorous figure and mute colour. He alternates between large and small-scale works, single paintings and polyptichs, standing and leaning figures, peaceful and violent emotions. This alternation becomes a principle of his exhibitions, which arrange his canvases in a space that surprises and circumvents the spectator, who is forcibly thrown back on himself by these life-size figures who look at him, look him up and down, and are always situated at his own level.
His exhibitions therefore come very close to installation and bring us back to the reality of the world. The work interrogates the limits of the individual and the collective; the phantasmagorical and the real; tradition and globalisation. With the appropriate distance of metaphor, his works deal with subjects as sensitive as war and solitude.
Djamel Tatah is an internationally exhibited artist who lives and works in Paris. His work has been purchased by public collections including the Pompidou Centre. A monograph entitled 'Djamel Tatah' was recently published by Paris Musées.
Since 1993, Natacha Lesueur's practice has been essentially photographic. In her works, the body is subjected to different treatments, such as constraint, staging and masking (in the sense of ornamentation, rather than camouflage). Her artistic preoccupations are with the body, appearance, apparel and the intimate relationship between the body and food. She constructs her photographs like paintings: the camera freezes the scene and the photographic image settles like varnish on the composition. In certain works, she confronts the body with food. She wraps the models' hair with salmon skins and covers their eyelids with fish scales. In other works, bodies bear the marks of pearls that have been pressed into the skin or have been imprinted by means of a mustard poultice with optical tests from all over the world. She uses the body as a site of inscription, a surface for the preparation of food or the marks she wishes to make on it. An object of desire, the body is fragmented; it is both one and all bodies.
Natacha Lesueur was born in 1971 and had her first exhibition in 1996. She won the Ricard Prize in 2000 and in 2002-2003 was awarded a residency at the Villa Medicis in Rome. She is an internationally exhibited artist and currently lives and works in Paris.
'Greyworld was founded in Paris in 1993 by Andrew Shoben, to create works that articulate public spaces, allowing some form of self-expression in areas of the city that people see every day but normally exclude and ignore. Greyworld establish special intimacies through the unexpected articulation of objects installed in these spaces - to "short-circuit" both the environmental and social expectations supplied by the surrounding urban environment'.
Beyond the image-reportage that functions as a mirror of reality, Valérie Jouve creates documentary situations in which staging plays an important and dynamic part. An exchange is created between the subjects of her photographs, the urban space and the spectator who perceives not a presentation, but rather a representation of the world. She manipulates images taken in the streets with the aid of computer software and montage techniques. As a result, through sequencing and choreography, even the most solitary figures engage in a dialogue with others. Sometimes, she will ask "actors" - people she knows - to intervene in the city, allowing gentle theatrics before taking a photograph which she will then go on to manipulate later.
Valérie Jouve was born in 1964 in Saint-Etienne. She is an internationally exhibited artist and has lectured at a number of universities in France. She currently lives and works in Paris.
Maud Haya Baviera
When she arrived in Britain from France, Maud Haya Baviera set herself the task of walking the entire length of the British coast. This was unfortunately never accomplished, but en route she discovered aspects of Britain and British culture - pubs, caravan parks, domestic interiors - which reappear in gentle and uncanny ways in her work. While solitary figures predominate in her photographic works, Haya Baviera's videos explore the real and its performative nature through dialogues that are read (frequently in a language other than the actor's own), stilted and not learned. The actors - including the artist herself - appear on casting couches or in front of traceless screens, sometimes disguised in improbable wigs and apparel, and engage in discussions that are grounded (as in Eugène Ionesco's plays) in malapropisms, misunderstandings, cliché and drama.
Maud Haya Baviera studied at the University of Lyon and Sheffield Hallam University. She lives and works in Sheffield and recently had a group show - Immediate 3 - at Site Gallery in the city.