“Studio Venezia”

Xavier Veilhan: Studio Venezia, an immersive experience

The artist lives and works in Paris but it is in Venice that he welcomes us today. At the heart of the French Pavilion, where he is representing his country at the 2017 Biennale. A Venetian interview… Xavier Veilhan was born in 1963 in Lyon. He studied at the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, then the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin. Since the end of the 1980s, he has developed a multidisciplinary practice composed of sculptures, paintings, installations, but also videos and performances, in which music plays a key role. His work is also a reflection on modernity – its history and forms – and the very definition of an exhibition space. His work Studio Venezia is representing France at the 57th International Art Biennale of Venice.   Studio Venezia is an immersive experience that picks up on the essence of your work through its relationship to music, but also sculpture, with constructivist forms and a link with Italian futurism. Does this project synthesize many years of work? Yes, of course, but at the same time, I see it more pragmatically. It’s as if I brought together preassembled elements or the pieces of a puzzle. As if the project were there to conceptually serve scattered experiences that had perhaps been a little overlooked, like one-off performances that the public didn’t so much see as being the core of my work. Even if I went about these projects rather discreetly, I’ve realised that they’ve fed my work a great deal, intellectually, but also through the meetings and discoveries that they’ve triggered. This has enabled me to join different networks, as with the films that have travelled to festivals. Live performance opens up doors I didn’t know existed and leads to certain things coming round again, in the way that Pedro...

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