Laurence Aëgerter (Marseille, 1972) is a multi-disciplinary artist who lives and works in Amsterdam and Marseille. Photography, installation and artist’s books are her main media. Her work addresses the permanent transformation that lies in the essence of things. She examines the archive that shapes our collective memory. Displacement and translation play an important part in her work.
Over the past years she has exhibited in several international solo and group shows. Recent solo exhibitions include: Fries Museum, Leeuwarden; Le Louvre, Paris; MAMAC (Museum for Modern and Contemporary Art), Nice; Seek and Hide, Museum van Loon, Amsterdam; The Modernists and More, Hermitage Museum, Amsterdam. Recent group shows include: From Here On, Arts Santa Monica Museum, Barcelona; FoMu, Antwerp; Les rencontres de la photographie, Arles; 5e LagosPhoto Festival Nigeria; Conceptual photography, Art Affairs Gallery, Amsterdam.
Aëgerter realized site specific installations and art in community projects in assignment for a.o. ; SKOR, Foundation for Art and Public Domain (NL); Conseil Général des Bouches-du-Rhône (FR); Musée Borély des Arts décoratifs de la Faïence et de la Mode, Marseille (FR); Museum van Loon, Amsterdam; the City of Amsterdam; the City of Leeuwarden (NL) and the City of Arles (FR).
Her works are included in collections of o.a.: Paul Getty Center, Los Angeles; MoMA, New York; Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris; MAMAC, Nice; Fries Museum, Leeuwarden and Caldic Collection, Rotterdam.
About Cathédrales, Cathédrales Hermétiques and Cathédrales Hermétiques – vitraux
Cathédrales is based on a book centerfold (‘Cathédrales et Eglises de France’, 1950), illustrating Bourges cathedral in a black and white photo. Aëgerter photographed this image over a period of time, until the shadow of the window frame in her studio completely absorbed the cathedral into darkness. A presence remained. The process, and hence time, is incorporated in the work. The size of the publication determines the pace the pages are turned; you can’t use it as a flip book, you have to make time.
Cathédrales Hermétiques is the follow up of Cathédrales. In these series Aëgerter silkscreened photos of several churches with a thermal ink layer. The church interiors are revealed when exposed to sunlight, like photography in a dark room. This process takes about 30 minutes and just as long to return back to dark. With this work Aëgerter seeks for a meditative, and perhaps a spiritual, experience for the viewer.
Cathédrales hermétiques – vitraux is the result of Aëgerter next research step from her Cathédrales body of work. For Cathédrales hermétiques– vitraux she selected five interiors involving magnificent stained glass from spiritual architectures in order to explore the magical experience of color patterns revealed by light. Stained glass rose windows and interior views from the Cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres, Notre-Dame de Paris and Segovia Cathedral are silkscreened with a black layer of ink reactive to the heat of the sun, allowing the chanting colours to emerge from darkness in a unexpected and enchanting way. As in Cathédrales hermétiques, these church interiors begin in darkness and are slowly revealed when exposed to sunlight, like photography in a darkroom; a cycle that takes about an hour to open up and close again.
About Compositions Synesthétiques
Compositions Synesthétiques investigates the perception and interpretation of an artwork. Aëgerter superimposes geometric layers on top of some of her favorite masterpieces, reproduced in their original size. These layers in raised effect textures invite the viewer to touch the surface of the work. Following the principle of synesthesia, both senses of sight and tactility are simultaneously stimulated to enhance the perception of the artwork. This new series follows up on Aëgerter’s long term research as seen in Le Louvre, Het Apparaat, Hermitage the Modernists and (de)coding freedom, where she photographed paintings with spectators and objects becoming part of the works.
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