© Nicolas GRAFF, 2018

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Nicolas GRAFF

Dijon, France

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// My work questions the complexity of the processes of subjectivation and sexual identities in the contemporary society. I use the sexual and gendered body as the main place/siteof this deconstruction. Often treated by detail, loss or lack, also playing with the off-camera, it is also the subject of inversion mechanism (disguise, superposition of gender markers) that disturb its identification. By using fiction, between fabulation and queerization, I seek to discredit identity determinism and to make my characters be emancipated figures of/offtheir political, social and cultural assignments.

 

My artistic project is part of a critical dialogue with neoliberal and globalized society, where the spectacular image conveys new forms of oppression. I distort the codes of advertising, television, film, web or art history to appropriate their seduction power, and better question it. The choice of multimedia tools (such as photography, video or digital creation) as mediums of predilection is related to the power of image, through which fiction becomes active.

 

The iconography that I summon/convenehere is mostly associated to the feminine and the maternal, between alienation and sexualization, settling an ambiguity connoting/evokingthe extent of the ambivalences attestedby the current profusion of genders. Notably mobilizing my own mother in my work, I exploit this emotional attachment to better empathize with the feminine and reinvent its narrative in the collective unconscious. Through the equivocal relation that I install between these sensual representations and the filial love which/thatmotivates this project, I set the scene of an Oedipal issues a strategic place to resist the patriarchal paradigm.

 

Text by Nicolas Graff and Florian Gaité

EDUCATION

 

2018

- Master in Fine Arts (Diplôme National Supérieur d’Expression Plastique) in Art program - first class honnors with Pierre Guislain, Andrès Ramirez, Keita Mori, Sylvie Blocher and Kathy Alliou @ National Superior School of Art, Dijon, France

- Study memoir under the direction of Isabelle Alfonsi and Sammy Engrammer @ National Superior School of Art, Dijon, France

EXHIBITIONS

 

2018

- forêts // imaginaires (forests // imaginaries) exhibition, curated by Pierre Bongiovanni (La Maison Laurentine) 

@ The Expedition, Site of the ancient Le Chameau’s factories, Châteauvillain, France

- Tanne ton Queer exhibition, curated by Gang Reine collective @ The Tanneries, Dijon, France

2017

- Traversées Ren@rde exhibition, curated by Damien Sausset, Nadège Piton, Erik Noulette and Julie Crenn

@ Le Transpalette, cultural brownfield of L’Antre-Peaux, Bourges, France

- Ordinaire du désastre / Permanence de la joie (Ordinary of desaster / Permanency of joy) exhibition, curated by Pierre Bongiovanni (La Maison Laurentine) @ The Expedition, Site of the ancient Le Chameau’s factories, Châteauvillain, France

2015

- Soirées Projections (Projections Nights), curated by the Contemporary Art Pole of Dijon / Germain Huby (ENSA Dijon)

@ Saint Philibert Church, Dijon, France

- De nos flèches perçons le ciel (With our arrows we drill the sky) exhibition, curated by Pierre Bongiovanni (La Maison Laurentine) @ The Expedition, Site of the ancient Le Chameau’s factories, Châteauvillain, France

- Antonioni, aujourd’hui (Antonioni, today) contest projection, at Antonioni, aux origines du pop (Antonioni, the origin of pop) exhibition @ French Cinematheque, Paris, France

2014

- Focal Local 4 video cabaret at Dièse festival #9, curating by Germain Huby (ENSA Dijon) @ Bar’s Court, Dijon, France

- Disons Dijon (Talking Dijon) exhibition at ONE + ONE festival #5 @ Barnoud Gallery / Entrepôt 9, Quetigny, France

WORKSHOPS

2017

- TOUCH workshop with Misha Badasyan @ National Superior School of Art, Dijon, France

- Faire autrement. Comment collecter et organiser la mémoire queer ? (Doing differently. How collect and organize the queer memory ?) workshop with Renaud Chantraine, Isabelle Alfonsi and Géraldine Gourbe

@ National Superior School of Art, Dijon, France

2016

- Situations critiques (Critical situations) workshop with Florian Gaité @ National Superior School of Art, Dijon, France

2014

- Trio A re-play workshop with Latifa Laâbissi @ National Superior School of Art, Dijon, France

2013

- Du genre plastique (About plastic gender) workshop with Jean-Luc Verna @ National Superior School of Art, Dijon, France

WORK EXPERIENCES

 

2018

- Performance for Aquaaerobika at Milkshake Festival #7 @ Westerpark, Amsterdam, Netherlands

- Film for Mehryl Levisse, Performed residency #6 – Travball, at the exhibtion Il va y avoir du sport ! (There’ll be sport !), curated by Florian Gaité @ The Arts House – Contemporary Art Center of Malakoff, Malakoff, France 

 

2016

- Performance for Andrey Bartenev at Milkshake Festival #5 @ Westerpark, Amsterdam, Netherlands

 

2015

- Performance for Aquaaerobika at Milkshake Festival #4 @ Westerpark, Amsterdam, Netherlands

 

2014

- Set-up equipment @ Studio Zéro, Paris, France

Set up equipment for Thierry Le Gouès, Young & Unique with Dominique Young Unique, in French Revue #25 

@ National Superior School of Art, Dijon, France