JOËL ANDRIANOMEARISOA INTERVIEW
.Joël Andrianomearisoa was born in Antananarivo, Madagascar, in 1977. He lives and works between Antananarivo and Paris.
Andrianomearisoa has participated in a number of group shows, including Africa Remix, Rencontres Africaine de la Photographie in Bamako (2009); the Havana Biennale( 2006); The progress of love, Menil Collection, Houston (2012); and Divine Comedy (2014) among others.His solo shows include Bir Gece, a one-night performance and installation in Istanbul (2004) ; Habillé – Deshabillé, a performance / video piece in Stockholm Moderna Museet and Saint-Brieuc ( 2009 ); Sentimental at la Maison Revue Noire Paris (2013).
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How would you describe yourself, in few words to introduce you ?
Well an artist. A sentimental artist who loves the world.
Your use of different mediums to achieve your art is important, you studied at an academic level fashion, fine arts and architecture. When do you start studying all of this ?
There was no precise moment – i knew since i was young that « form « was always important for me / forms & energy : from architecture to art – fashion to craft – fragrance to sounds … sensations to feelings; And it’s still an ongoing process.
Through your work you use senses like movement, space, light, noise, is this your own vision of an urban landscape, how would you define it ?
Urban landscape and the city are my main inspirations for my work. Cities are always inspiring cause it’s a mix of many things – different emotions – many nationalities – lots of forms. Cities / capitals are a made by smells, objets, peoples … so this is my vision and I hope that you can feel this urban sensation on my work too.
It is specific to use textile but it is really important through your work, can you tell us more ?
Textile is more than a textile – it’s a medium but in an another way it’s a language – an universal language. We can tell a story from a clothe – we can feel an emotion through a texture. Textile is everywhere : dress – tapestry – curtain – tent – clothe – flag – scarf …
Also, could you explain your concept named « archi-couture » ?
Archi-couture is a combination of architecture and couture ( not only fashion ) – I like to use this word as a tool to express again the power of the form from architecture to textile … objects … and the approach is always the same. A statement without borders.
The notion of manipulation can be found through your work, how would you think it ?
We are always manipulating something on our creation. Manipulation is not not the right word – accident is better – so let’s say accident for a better surprise.
I read that black was a colour for you, it’s a leitmotiv in your work from now. Is it for you the brightest colour and what black colour means to you ?
Black is a colour and black is a non colour. Black is nothing and black is everything. Black can be dramatic and black is chic. Black is dark and black needs light. Black is a mystery and black is a line. So I like the duality of this (non) colour and his power.
What are some of your influences in your work ?
The latest one :
– a book : Histoire de la violence by Edouard Louis
– clothes: Silent by Damir Doma
– cake from Brittany : the Kouign-Amann
– a song from Ivory Coast : Coller la petite by franko
– the latest artwork from Edith Dekyndt that I saw in new york
… so as you see everything in our temporality
You live in Paris but come from Madagascar, how do you think this element occurs in your work (I mean as a kind of inspiration or in the use of materials).
My duality Paris / Antananarivo is important and interesting but I prefer to work / talk with / about the world.
What do you think about the fact that your work often find itself linked to African art ?
The positive side would be that obviously, African art desserves a focus but at the same time it seems restricted to describe your work as « African art ».
How do you feel about this ?
I can be african – I can be asiatic too – I am parisian but my last favourite city is madrid and yesterday I was in dakar and tomorrow in Lisbon.
So there is no limit on art. I am just an artist who loves the world.
You don’t belong to any medium category, is it important for you ?
Mix media ! mix media !
Any dream place where you would like to see your art on display ?
On a plane ? A new way to feel and to see art.
How would you describe the word ART and what does it mean to you ? (Starting the sentence by « Art is »)
” Art is the world. Art is art, and we are what we are. ”
Photographs and text courtesy of the gallery Sabrina Amrani
Questions of Fiona Vilmer writer specialized in contemporary art.