Tuesday 09 March 01:00 pm to Sunday 28 March 05:30 pm
La galerie , Alliance Française de Singapour
In her solo exhibition, Hélène Le Chatelier works across a breadth of artistic mediums to explore the idea and image of the female body as a ‘terra incognita’, an ambiguous terrain open for new and personal readings. Resisting the conventional male gaze of art history while simultaneously questioning ‘feminine’ attributes and histories, Le Chatelier’s close-up, yet abstracted forms offer up primordial, timeless landscapes. A related body of work turns on the metaphor of the Motherland, where the idea of the female body is enmeshed with notions of identity and belonging.
Drawing on her sense of dislocation as well as a distant yet ambiguous longing for this ‘motherland’, Le Chatelier laboriously erases parts of old maps of France, leaving only its rivers visible, like veins on flesh. These are maps of fading memories, and yet their regression to ‘virgin territory’ offers up a blank canvas for possibilities to be imagined anew.
Contains some nudity
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About the artist
Hélène Le Chatelier studied Art in Paris at l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Appliqués et des Métiers d’Art, Olivier de Serres, where she specialized and graduated in Fresco painting. Since her first painting exhibition in Paris in 1997 soon after her graduation, Hélène embraced various artistic modes of expression (painting, sculpture, photography, installation, video, writing).
Hélène has spent a great deal of time in France and Ireland. She lives and works in Singapore from 2010.
Her work had been showcased in Singapore, Bangkok, Tokyo, Paris, Seattle and New York.
About the curator
Tan Siuli has over a decade of curatorial experience with a focus on contemporary art from Southeast Asia. Her exhibition projects include two editions of the Singapore Biennale (2013 and 2016), inter-institutional traveling exhibitions, as well as mentoring and commissioning platforms such as the President's Young Talents exhibition series. She has also lectured on Musuem-based learning and Southeast Asian art history at institutes of higher learning such as the National Institute of Education as well as LASALLE College of the Arts. Her recent speaking engagements include presentations on Southeast Asian contemporary art at Frieze Academy London and Bloomberg's Brilliant Ideas series.