Interview: Marielle Gonier

Interview: Marielle Gonier

Interviews | January 16, 2024 |

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Interview: Marielle Gonier
Luca Curci
talks with Marielle Gonier during FUTURE LANDSCAPES, second appointment of SENSES ART FAIR 2023, at ITSLIQUID Monti – Rome Art Space.

Marielle describes her artistic approach as “conceiving a sensitive path between the inner world and the tangible in motion”. Her reflections often relate to socio-philosophical issues such as the human condition, the place of the sensitive in modern society and the environment, which she believes provokes a constant reflection on our existence. The artist uses various artistic media such as live performances, video projection, and experimental film, always in search of unformatted writing. After studying ballet and music at the Conservatoire, Marielle left her native island of Martinique for New York to complete her artistic training, specialising in dance. In Paris, she continued her professional training in various artistic disciplines, including dance, theatre, singing and percussion. She began her professional career first as a dancer and then as a performance and visual artist. At the same time, Marielle studied at the University of Paris VIII, where she graduated in Performing Arts. Marielle’s stage experience ranges from the famous Folies Bergères to the Opera Comique in Paris and the Opera de Compiegne. She has performed throughout Europe and her video work has been exhibited all over the world. Marielle is the founder of Un jour/Une performance, where she devotes herself to multidisciplinary artistic creations, performances and artworks in collaboration with various artistic, literary and health fields.

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Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Marielle Gonier – For me, Art is a vehicle through which the intimate becomes visible, where affect becomes universal. I think it’s a way, even a duty, to bring humanity together, through every possible state of being.

LC – What are you currently working on?
MG – I’m currently working on a performance that combines the performing and visual arts. “Catharsis – Study 1” is inspired by Antonin Artaud’s theatre and draws parallels between natural disasters and the massacres of Australia’s indigenous people.

LC – How is your creative process?
MG –
My creative process has a lot to do with how I’m affected by something. It can be either in a state of urgency, where the time between idea and production is very short or in a more contemplative temporality, where it will take me several months to shape the creation. But in both cases, the most important thing is to make this process visible by delivering work, like the birth of a child.

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LC –  Is there an unrealised or unrealisable project, even a crazy one, that you would like to work on?
MG –
I remember talking to my scenography teacher about a project I was doing at art college where I wanted to fill a whole room with water, like a big aquarium. She replied: “You’d need a budget worthy of the Paris Opera!”

LC – What are the three hashtags essential to define your poetics that you could not give up?
MG –
#sensitivepath #bodyclearance #suspension

LC – What do you think about the concept of this exhibition? How did it inspire you?
MG –
The exhibition is a window into the international art scene, providing a dynamic insight into the artistic landscape of the time. It is also an opportunity for living artists to express themselves through live performances or experimental films, as exhibitions are usually devoted solely to the visual arts. This year’s theme, Future Landscapes, once again reflects the contemporary and modern nature of the Itsliquid event. It resonates with many aspects of our time. It may seem like an opportunity to find out what themes and recurring questions the artists of our generation tend to dwell on, reflect upon and draw inspiration from in a historical, social and poetic context. The title itself, ‘Future Landscapes’, resonated with me in a more personal way, with the uncertain future of the environment, and by extension humanity, that we are increasingly having to face, which is a very sensitive and inspiring subject.

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LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
MG –
In an artistic career there are many and varied opportunities. What’s special about Itsliquid is that we feel immediately listened to by a team that is always ready to help on a case-by-case basis.

LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform? Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
MG –
Itsliquid platform is very dynamic and makes art accessible from an international perspective. When you work with the Itsliquid team, you immediately feel that there’s a climate in which art is served, which is very reassuring as an artist. There’s both a feeling of quality listening and respect for the artistic work.

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