Biography

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Born in 1987, Violaine Lochu lives and works in Paris. Laureate of the Aware Price (Archive Women Archives of Women Artits Researsh and Exhibitions), she performed in Centre Pompidou (festival Extra 2018), Palais de Tokyo (Liberated Voice, Sound Poetry, 2019), during Parade for FIAC 2017, in Jeu de Paume in Paris, Contemporary Art Center of Geneva in Switzerland, Gallery Kunsterein of Munich in Germany, Gallery GAMU at Prague in Czech Republic, Theatre le 4e art of Tunis in Tunisia (festival La voix est libre, 2015)… She made part of collective exhibitions in MAC Lyon (StoryTelling, 2019), Ferenczi museumi centrum in Hungary (Reconstructing Eden, 2018), in Art Center Le Centre at Cotonou in Benin (Regards sur la performance, 2018), Justina M. Barnicke Gallery at Toronto in Canada (Something more than a succesion of notes, 2013) She had solo shows in Contemporay Art Center Albert Chanot and Gallery Dohyang Lee in Paris. She made a lot of residencies in France ( Villa Vassilieff, Leclerc Foundation, MAC VAL – Museum of Contemporary Art of Val de Marne…) and Europe (Riclundgarden Museum in Sweden, in Lettrétage at Berlin, Cultural Center in Karlsruhe in Germany…). She worked with a lot of musician, poets and dancers (Joëlle Léandre, Tomomi Adachi, Serge Teyssot-Gay, Maki Watanabe, Julien Desprez, Lotus Edde Khouri…).

« My work is an exploration of voice as a vehicle for encounter and metamorphosis. During periods of immersion in specific contexts, I collect sound and visual materials from which I create performances, sound installations, videos and publications. My practice is transdisciplinary; situated within the field of contemporary art, it involves music, as well as theater or sound poetry, creating bridges between past and contemporary universes, both scholarly and vernacular. It is enriched through human encounters (my project Mémoire Palace, for example, was based off of encounters with the inhabitants of a town, Babel Babel with babies at a daycare center, Madame V. with a Fortune-teller…) or non-human encounters (birds from Lapland in Hybrid, artificial intelligence in E.V.E., the mineral world in Vestiges de Roncevaux…) and is based on theoretical texts (anthropology, sociology, psychoanalysis). Encounters and collaborations — with musicians, choreographers, circus performers, visual artists, graphic designers, researchers in the social sciences… — are central to my work process »