Manuèle Bernardi, was born in 1959 in Saint-Tropez. She lives and works in Roussillon.
After her studies to the Academy Roederer and to Beaux-Arts de Paris, she becomes a decorator
and a wardrobe master then an illustrator, before choosing to express herself by the painting
and finally, the sculpture.
This plastic artist explores the feminine representation in what she has of links
in her ecosystem. She makes perceptible invisible emotion of two beings which connect,
the alchemy of a group which moves towards a common destination. Her sculptures, Callipygia,
in feet anchored well in the reality, rise unconditionally towards the other one, the waves pass.
In her installations, of which the fragile material , of paper and wax, is strengthened by invisible threads,
Manuèle studies the flora and fauna as the source of an inspiration for a common life where
the link makes rampart, sets up itself as protective shield of a materialistic everyday life.
If the installations of Manuèle Bernardi have a high poetic density, they contain in their
heart a disturbing fragility. Attached to nylon threads, these little things flicker happily on
themselves, unaware of their meaning. Individually they are only the traces of a past life, of a
manslaughter, together they reform a quivering ecosystem that seeks to protect its center.
A new constellation around a visible or concealed star that brings back a form of life.
The allegory does not stop there, Manuèle protects her installations of a sheet of
transparent plexiglass which is reminiscent of the ozone layer.
Benjamin Bichard was born in Nice, France, in 1982. He’s graduated from the famous Villa Arson in 2010.
After his studies he lived few years in Paris and was selected by the 57th Montrouge Salon for the young
creation where he was discovered by Geraldine Banier gallery. In 2014 he came back to his native city,
He still lives and works at Nice today.
He has chosen everyday objects, assimilated to our consumption, to realize them into new forms by
accumulation, assembly, twisting and cutting. His modular objects reveal the aesthetic power of
these invisible actors of our everyday life.
Frédéric Garnier was born in 1970 in Troyes.
All his really protean creations stage our questioning on the human existence.
Its beginning and its term. Its meaning. What we name collectively « After «.
Then what survives us is born, takes place in memoirs, « tracks of life ».
Visual artist, he expresses himself through numerous mediums: sculpture, installation,
photo, video and drawings. His reflections concentrate on the object, which makes link between
the human being and the world. By using materials of our time (foil blanket, cement, plexiglasse),
it anchors its works in our period. They crystallize questionings in the intimate and universal echos.
Born in 1970, he leaves and work in the suburb of Paris.
He graduated from EMA Fructidor (204) and Ensa Dijon (2016). Emerging artist, he exhibited in group exhibitions in the United States and
France in Galleries and institutions (Consortium of Dijon). His work revolves around the relationship between visual arts and music.
His different experiments are built around the subject matter of objects,
to their learning at first glance. He uses his materials as a support for
sliding between two universes.
Hörl has become famous with large installations in Berlin and Munich, among others, and will now realize a spectacular project of his "Art in the public environment" in the city of Nuremberg where he teaches as a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts since 1997.Using about 7000 plastic replicas of Dürer's hare Hörl will transpose the central square in the old town of Nuremberg into a large green corridor of 2500 m². For two weeks, the Nuremberg Main Market will become a "Large Piece of Hare" in honor of Albrecht Dürer before breaking up in its individual components and so to speak merge into the population.
Duplication, the idea of serial production, and large numbers are the center of Hörl's projects. His art intends to inspire communication and to include as many people as possible. Dissolving of the large piece of hare into individual components is part of the concept. After two weeks, one may take a piece of hare home against a nominal charge. The hares move from a public to a personal environment. "I want to reach out with my work, set an impulse and let people take their Dürer home to allow individual, undogmatic altercation."
Michel Laubu, creator and artistic director of Turak since 1985, and Emili Hufnagel,
co- director of the company since 15 years.
Michel Laubu presents his theater in France and abroad ( Indonésie, Russie, Syrie, Norvège...).
He was artisartner at Volcan, national stage of Havre, at Bateau Feu, national stage of Dunkerque,
at Subsistances in Lyon...
In short terms, he brings in France and abroad this strange theater, poetic and visual. The company
has just its birthday of 30 years in 2015.
Emili Hufnagel, accomplice of Michel Laubu, co-writes the projects with him. She is also a comedian
in all the shows of Turak.
Turak in few words
Turak, is a Theater of Objects and Puppet company, that develops a visual theater «all ground compatible»
fed by diverted objects, by old or imaginary mythologies, by languages in multiple and invented accents.
Known for its research work around the object, Turak mixes the puppet forms, the gestural theater and the
plastic exploration. This tinkered poetry could be situated in the crossroads of the dance, the gestural theater
and the plastic arts.
The artistic approach of Turak lays on a game with the used object. Imaginary past, born from «the used of
the object», memory and marks of an invented civilization, it is from this fictitious archaeology that shows and
exhibitions are created.
The shows written and staged by Michel Laubu thus address a very wide public. Every image having several
levels of reading, the doors of access are not lacking. It is a writing in strata, with « theater in all the floors».
Laurence Le Constant was born in 1976 on Reunion Island. After obtaining a degree in
fashion design, she began art studies specialized in textile design and then developed
skills as an embroiderer, weaver and feather-worker.
The ancestral gestures were patiently passed on to her in the workshop. She later chose a
course combining visual arts at the Sorbonne with classes at the School of the Chambre
Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne, which sealed her desire to master the creation of the
most sophisticated materials, together with the fundamental questions of visual art.
From 2000, she gained experience in prestigious haute couture workshops as Chanel,
Dior, Emmanuel Ungaro, Prada, etc. In 2010 she decided to devote herself entirely to
her own work and finally allowed herself to show a body of work that was just waiting to be seen.
She has participated in several group exhibitions in Paris, Tokyo, Osaka, Dallas and San
Francisco. The work MICHELINE (from the series MY LOVELY BONES) joined the permanent
collection of the Dallas Museum of Art in 2012.
A noteworthy selection of her Vanitas (from the MY LOVELY BONES series) was shown at
the Art Paris Art Fair in March 2014 and March 2015.
From May to the end of June 2014, the Geraldine Banier Gallery devoted a solo exhibition
to her work: “HER GARDEN”.
2015 was marked by a series of collaborations with Massaro (Chanel’s custom-made
shoes department). They gave rise to SUKI, EVE, DAPHNE and Mademoiselle IVES.
The alchemy that developed between the artist, the bootmaker of the Rue de la Paix and
the watchmaker Roger Dubuis resulted in the creation of the ultra-limited edition watch: VELVET GRETA in 2016.
Represented for eight years by the gallery, and now shown in numerous woldwide collections.
It’s after graphology and morphology studies that Sylvie chose to turn towards the artistic creation.
Fascinated by the strength of the body language she tries and catches its essence. She soon chose
the bronze to represent these «postures» she likes : Attitude, Cool, Malice, Libertine. She plays with
the material from which she removes all the gravity by building aerial and slender feminine lines.
From this pure line are also born some fantastic animals, svelte elephants, proud and fragile horses
and zebus with an undeniable elegance.
Xavier Somers was born in 1970 in a town of Bruges, in Belgium. As a passionate traveler,
Xavier wandered around across the world, before resettling in his native Belgium. The art
he makes is inspired by the town he lives in, by its charming medieval atmosphere and
architecture. Somers’ unique sculptural work emerges from the feelings and perception
he experiences during his city walks and urban exploration.
The style of Xavier Somers’ exquisite art is filled with elements of mechanics and gear
wheeks,resembling the aesthetics of steampunk genre, inspired by 19th century
steam-powered machinery. Somers successfully merges mechanical parts with classical
Greek sculptures of gods and goddesses, creating a unique combination of mythology
and modern age. Made out of clockwork parts and real bird bones and skeletons, the
sculptures embody creatures and palaces constructed in Xavier’s highly creative,
imaginative and vivid world.
At the same time beautiful and terrifying, Xavier Somers’ assembled sculptures express
feelings of emptiness and wandering, questioning the briefness of life and certainty of death.
Xavier Somers lives and creates in Bruges, Belgium