Interview: Léa Porré

Interview: Léa PorréImage courtesy of Léa Porré

Interview: Léa Porré

 

Luca Curci talks with the artist Léa Porré during RITUALS of ANIMA MUNDI festival 2017 in VENICE.

Léa Porré is a French and Belgian artist, born in 1996 and based in between London, UK, and Paris, FRANCE. Currently at Central Saint Martins, she has exhibited in group exhibitions in London, at venues such as Lethaby Gallery or Tate Exchange at Tate Modern. RITUALS is her first exhibition in Venice, Italy, during the context of the Contemporary Art Biennale. Her practice of traditional as well as latest technologies focuses on ideas of collective consciousness, where the border between fiction and fact is blurred out, exposing the audience to constructed alternative realities, appropriating symbols and archetypes.

 

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Luca Curci – What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in this exhibition? How is it connected to the theme of RITUALS – ANIMA MUNDI FESTIVAL?

Léa Porré – The main idea of my work ‘LE ROI EST MORT, VIVE LE ROI’, exhibited in RITUALS, is to expose the idea of a fracture of ideology, here referencing a specific context which is the French revolution and assassination of the King of France but it could be more largely applied to any kind of fracture of ideology, that moment when the shift occures. I was very influenced by Nietzsche’s ‘Good and Evil’, which abolished the idea of an universal morality, and this binary mode of thinking where we are trapped between either Good or Evil. It can then allow us a deeper reflexion on our current and past societies. Thus, this work became an exploration of alternative realities and forms of power that are not part of the mainstream thinking. It also engages with ideas of Ruin porn, a fetish for decaying architecture, as well as questioning the death of the Ornamental in the West, in aid of the minimal, we could argue that today’s true radical position is engaging with the ornament. This work is very connected to the exhibition as it represents various forms of rituals ; one of craftsmanship, of assertion of power through the ornamental architecture, of destruction as well. We could also say that this series of sculptures is a sort of fictional (or fake) ritual, as it is in the end, a copy of a ceiling molding, in that sense a true simulacrum. Voluntarily broken, it is the staging of a ritual that might challenge our own conception of it.

 

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L.C. – Are your artworks focused on a specific theme?

L.P. – My art practice is based on an investigation of our collective conscious and unconscious, that aims to go beyond the dichotomies of Good and Evil and Sacred and Profane. I undertake the role of the artist as archeologist by re-enacting artefacts and rituals, either lost of imaginary, where I create alternative realities.

 

L.C. – What is your creative process like?

L.P. – My creative process could be described as firstly researched-based in the sense that it is focusing on elements and facts of our societies, actual or past, where the work becomes a way to investigate those.
Technically, it is very sculptural, in the traditional sense — as it is for this work — but it is also 3D in a digital way.

 

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L.C. – Did your style change over the years? How?

L.P. – My style indeed has changed over the years, depending of my interest at the time, but has always been around ideas of ideology, especially extreme ones. Video has always been a great part of my practice, which I still produce currently, but the 3D is a new aspect of my practice, as will soon be Virtual and Augmented Reality.

 

L.C. – Which are your artistic projects for the future? Are there any possibilities for a new participation in some Italian exhibitions?

L.P. – As I am graduating from Central Saint Martins next year, my artistic projects for the future will for a moment be focused on my Degree Show. I aim to produce more installations, that can englobe both my sculptures, videos, 3D, as well as my sound practice, in a way englobe my whole scope of works, as well as VR to produce an immersive installation. For me it will always be relevant to use both traditional and newer technologies, as a way to always engage the current with our collective past. I would love to participate with more Italian exhibitions, because of my French origins it is a country which I relate a lot to, as well as spend a lot of time in. Especially Venice, which is a magnificent place I visit every year.

 

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L.C. – Would you suggest cooperating with us? What do you think about It’s LIQUID Group and our services?

L.P. – I would love cooperating more in the future with Its Liquid Group, I think it is an innovating and very exciting project, whether in Italy or elsewhere, that also involves in design and architecture.

 

L.C. – Do you think that this experience could be useful for artists and can contribute to increase personal background?

L.P. – I belive this experience could be useful for artists, especially for the great choice of location and interesting themes for the exhibitions.

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