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Violaine Lochu

Born in 1987, Violaine Lochu lives and works in Paris.

She has exhibited and performed in France and abroad (Palais de Tokyo, FIAC, Jeu de Paume, La Maison de la Poésie, young creation shows Salon de Montrouge and Jeune Création, Contemporary Art Centers La Galerie de Noisy-le-Sec, Bétonsalon and Khiasma, Galerie du Jour Agnès B., Galerie Analix Forever in Geneva – Switzerland, Galerie Justina M. Barnick in Toronto – Canada, North End Studio in Detroit – USA, etc.). In recent years she has been artist in residence at Contemporay Art Museum MAC VAL, Contemporary Art Center La Synagogue de Delme, La Box, Le Générateur, the Ricklundgarden Museum (Sweden), the Stiftung of Karlsruhe (Germany)… Thanks to the support of the Centre National des Arts Plastiques, she is currently conducting research in Lapland. She is laureate of the Aware Price.

The work of Violaine Lochu is an exploration of language and of voice. In her performances, videos, and published objects, she applies scientific procedures onto existing linguistic materials. By having the feminist thought of Luce Irigaray play with the Histories of Herodotus (T[h]race), by applying the phenonema of archeological ruin: erosion, sedimentation, fragmentation on top of the Song of Roland (Remains of Roncevaux), the voice, spoken or sung, defracts into whispers, grunts and screams. She makes use of traditional singing techniques and displaces them from their normal usage, or replays the alterations characteristic of oral transmission (Chinese whispers). The plays which emmerge from these hybridizations, attempt to make the buried layers of language heard and to take them beyond the speakable.


PERFORMANCES dans le cadre de Cycle Texte/son, Voix/Son VOICES Violaine Lochu & Pierrick