Born in 1985 in Maysaf, Syria.
Leaves and works in Vanves (France).
Khaled Dawwa graduated from the Damascus School of Fine Arts in 2007 (Syria).
His sculptural practice is rooted in the social and political history of his time and in his belief that art has a role to play in it. The Syrian revolution and, more broadly, the upheavals that have affected the world since 2011 have led him to question the relationship between people and power, and between art and memory.
His men of earth and bronze evoke the duality between people and authority, between fragility and solidity. Reduced to impotence by their statufication or pierced by an infinity of holes, these male figures stuck to their seats embody the ambivalence of power.
As Khaled Dawwa says, «the holes, in some of my works, are a way to undermine the solidity of the system, to weaken it. It is my way of expres- sing my frustration with the state of the world around me. I spent hours punching through the statues, both those made of clay and those made of bronze. It is an attempt to pierce the mass, to break the wall.»
Benjamin Grivot was born in 1994 in Dijon (France). He lives and works in Dijon.
He graduated from EMA (Fructidor 2014) and Ensa Dijon (2016).
In 2017, he won the prize of the Dijon-Dallas Residence.
Emerging artist, he exhibited in group exhibitions in the United States
In 2019, he has a solo show at the Espace Ricard (Dijon) for his exhibition :
"Anyone can play guitar".
His work evolves around the relationship between visual arts and music.
His different experiments are built around the matter of objects,
to their learning at first glance. He uses these materials as a support for
sliding between two universes.
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».
The work of Mireille Robbe is a research on herself through her suitcase in Maurice
Van Saene’s painting workshop in Saint Luc - Brussels, reading, intuition, ...
In 2012, one of her works of the V.I.T.R.I.O.L. series sent her on the path of hidden
symbols, which led her to Alchemy (and C.G. Jung) or, in simple terms, to the philosophy
of nature, of the universe. An inexhaustible source of information and inspiration.
She integrates this symbolism and philosophy only in her way of thinking and not in
the first visual layer of her works.
You will realize that all of her concepts are interconnected, even if they look different.
This visual difference is partly explainable by the fact that the chosen medium is a function
of the concept and not vice versa.
The common thread in her work is to show us the ingenuity of nature, allow us to reflect
about details that escape us because of their so-called obviousness.
Mireille Robbe, 1962, Brussels. Lives and works in Louvain (Belgium).