Romain Gandolphe

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artist-researcher in the Post-Performance Future unit directed by Marie de Brugerolle at the Lyon Fine Arts School, France

born in 1989
lives and works in Lyon

Education

2011-2016
Fine Arts School (‘École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts’), Lyon (FR)
MFA (‘DNSEP’) – with high honors, 2016
BFA (‘DNAP’) – with high honors, 2014

2014
Concordia University, Fine Arts, Montréal (CA)

2008-2011
Mathematics studies (FR)

Solo shows

2018
Comme si tu ne faisais que passer, École d'Arts du Choletais, Cholet (FR)

2017
D'autres états me font rêver, La BF15, Lyon (FR)

Group shows & performances

2019
Cbaret' What Not/Speak Easy, LAXART, Los Angeles (US)
Imaginary Display(s), halfway, Vienna (AT)
Dunkerque screening, UCA Project Space Brewery Tap, Folkestone (GB)
Les jours de pleine lune #19, La Tôlerie, Clermont-Ferrand (FR)

2018
Lost in nature's library, galerie Odile Ouizeman, Paris (FR)
Strangelove Festival, La Plate-Forme, Dunkerque (FR)
The Bridegroom Suites, Parades for FIAC, Grand Palais, Paris (FR)
Ces discrets habitants, performance, L'attrape-couleurs, Lyon (FR)
La radio *DUUU bout de la nuit, Printemps de septembre, Institut supérieur des arts de Toulouse (FR)
Festival Extra ! MNAM – Centre Pompidou, Paris (FR)
Bregenz Biennale 2018, The Map is the territory, Bregenz (AT)
Talk Show Festival, La Panacée - MoCo, Montpellier (FR)
Jeune Création, galerie Mansart, Paris (FR)
220 km/s, Maison du livre, de l'image et du son, Villeurbanne (FR)
Imaginary Display(s), BNKR, Munich (DE)
L'artiste et le commissaire, performance, Institut National d'Histoire de l'Art, Paris (FR)
Résurgence du solo show de Claire Morgan, performance, Fondation Francès, Senlis (FR)

2017
Les Faits du hasard, biennale internationnale des arts numériques, Le Centquatre, Paris (FR)
The Bridegroom Suites, Playground Festival, Musée M, Leuven (BE)
7ème Prix de la Jeune Création de Saint-Rémy, Moulain des Arts, Saint-Rémy (FR)
Invitation without exhibition, galerie Martine Aboucaya, Paris (FR)
Partitions (Performances) / Jeune Création, galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Pantin (FR)
Ubique, les vacances immobiles, Glassbox, Paris (FR)
Festival Oodaaq, La Grande Passerelle, Saint-Malo (FR)
Double Trouble, Maison du livre, de l'image et du son, Villeurbanne (FR)
62ème Salon de Montrouge, Le Beffroi, Montrouge (FR)
Initiales/La Revue, performance, Fondation d’entreprise Ricard, Paris (FR)
Public Pool #3, FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais, Dunkerque (FR)
Salon Discret, MNAM – Centre Pompidou, Paris (FR)

2016
Horizon (2016), MAGASIN – CNAC, Grenoble (FR)
Playground Festival, Musée M, Leuven (BE)
I Am Not Tino Sehgal, galerie Nahmad Projects, London (GB)
Do Disturb, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (FR)
Artagon II, Passage de Retz, Paris (FR)

2015
Festival of Minimal Action, Paris (FR)
No Reading, No Cry ! Open Graphic Art Studio – Museum of the city of Skopje (MK)

2014
Hacking festival, Le Lavoir Public, Lyon (FR)

2013
Enjoy queer and poésie, Online

Grants & Prizes

2017
Françoise International Competition, Françoise pour l’oeuvre contemporaine en société Association
Grant for Studio Installation, DRAC Occitanie – French Ministry of Culture
Moly-Sabata Prize, Salon de Montrouge

2016
Partenaires Prize, Ensba Lyon

Bibliography

2019
Portes closes et œuvres invisibles, Denys Riout, Paris, Gallimard

2018
Multiprise Magazine, n°33, Toulouse, TA Editions

2017
62ème Salon de Montrouge (exhib. cat.), Montrouge, Ville de Montrouge

2016
I Am Not Tino Sehgal (exhib. cat.), London, Nahmad Projects

Collections

Maison du livre, de l'image et du son, Villeurbanne
Fonds de dotation Marc Fassiaty pour l’Art Video
Collection FRAC PACA, fonds Livres, Editions et Multiples d'artistes
Private collections

Teaching

2018
Workshop Le monde est à toi et moi, Classe prépa, École d'Arts du Choletais, Cholet (FR)
Workshop De l'incroyable de la périphérie, with Axelle Pinot, Classe prépa, Ensba Lyon (FR)
Workshop Outside [Now], Les Brasseurs art contemporain, Liège (BE)

2017
Workshop Trouver son chemin, Lycée Notre-Dame, Grenoble (FR)



News

June 15 - July 7, 2019: La percée des images, DomaineM, Cérilly (FR)

June 27 - 30, 2019: Biennale Pact(e), Le Carreau du Temple, Paris (FR)

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About

After science studies, Romain Gandolphe discovered art history in a fine arts school, through the narratives of others. Let us wager that this path left on mark on his artistic practice. Beginning with performances (hiding away inside a wall during a week, asking exhibition watchmen to keep certain of his works invisible, and going to California to look for the exact place of a historic performance of the 1960s), the artist began to recount actions and gradually perform his own narrative. Almost naturally, oral delivery thus became the main form of his work, taking the shape of narrated exhibitions, and narratives of forgotten works. Since then, have his words been the transmitter of an inaccessible experience, or rather has the experience itself merely been the pretext for a narrative? With Romain Gandolphe, nothing is really clear. Somewhere between a guided tour, a theater piece, a lecture, and a meta-performance, his art-loving narratives are like substitutes replacing their model, as one might describe a discourse that has become autonomous from its subject. For the 2017 Salon de Montrouge, true to his speculative and gambling nature, the artist proposes an early visit of the Salon, before the installation of the works. A narrative of anticipation in front of empty walls, with listeners only capable of verifying or invalidating its relevance later on. In so doing, Romain Gandolphe’s work is also a critical reflection about performance art, inherently paradoxical because based on an implacable “hic et nunc” (here and now) ,which de facto excludes most viewers. An art which, at the end of the day, exists solely through a clue, a trace and a narrative, and turns artists into storytellers… not to say hucksters. Is this what has happened? Not even sure. He thereby refers performance back to its problematic event-like essence “in the present,” and thus by nature elusive because always irrevocably missed. Barely sketched out, and already gone. A hollow practice—a default practice—which, through its multiple absences, would make desires and fantasies explode.

Guillaume Désanges

Press

Défendre les œuvres de la voix
Orianne Castel, Art Critique, December 1st, 2018

Romain Gandolphe, lauréat du Concours internationnal Françoise 2017
Caroline Dubois, Connaissance des Arts, January 11, 2018

Il faut voir le monde avec poésie
Isabelle Dautresme, Le Monde, December 28, 2017

Romain Gandolphe, bavard d'art
Caroline Sicard, Tribune de Lyon, December 7, 2017

Ne jouer rien d'autre que moi-même (entretien)
Sarah Fouassier, Le Petit Bulletin, November 22, 2017

Je m'inspire de ce que je vis pour créer
Maximilien Arengi, Journal des grandes écoles et universités, October 2017

Hybrides en vue
Ingrid Luquet-Gad, Les Inrockuptibles, May 10, 2017

Salon de Montrouge : Romain Gandolphe (radio)
Camille Diao, Radio Nova, May 5, 2017

La Création Émergente Du 62e Salon De Montrouge
Ana Bordenave, Manifesto XXI, May 4, 2017

Nos coups de cœur du salon de Montrouge 2017
Guy Boyer, Connaissance des Arts, April 26, 2017

Artagon II (radio)
Aude Lavigne, France Culture, April 6, 2016

Contact

romain.gandolphe (at) gmail.com



see you soon,
Romain