Public lecture by artist in residence, Etienne de France [fr]
The French Embassy in New Zealand and Te Whare Hēra Wellington International Artist Residency are delighted that Etienne de France, the first French artist to join the Te Whare Hēra Wellington International Artist Residency, has arrived in Wellington.
Etienne de France will deliver his first artist’s lecture on Tuesday 8 March at Massey University. During his presentation, Etienne will talk about his creative practice and his plans for his time in residence. Etienne will show examples of both previous and on-going projects and address a central theme in his artistic practice: the relationship between nature and modified landscapes. Using the format of fictional documentary and questioning the role of landscape as a space for struggle and the imagination, the artist will discuss his approach to his new project The Green Vessel. Light refreshments will be served after the lecture, at which time Etienne will meet with guests.
Tuesday 8 March - 6pm
The Pit – Te Ara Hihiko (Block 12)
Entrance E off Tasman St
Massey University Wellington
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Born in 1984, Etienne de France is a visual artist currently living in Paris. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Archeology (2005) then completed a BA in Visual Arts at the Iceland Art Academy of Reykjavik (2008). Etienne de France pursues a multidisciplinary art practice. Drawing on the fields of architecture and sciences, he creates series of works exploring the differences between concepts of nature and landscape. His practice uses a variety of media such as writing, video, photography, drawing, and sculpture. Notable works are Tales of a Sea Cow (2012), a film and a series of works about the rediscovery of a marine mammal in Greenland, or Icelandtraincity (2011), the project of a utopian modular city moving on train tracks. In 2013, he completed a 200km walk performance and video called Exploration of a Failure.
Etienne is in residence in Wellington until April 2016. He will live and work in Wellington city, residing in Te Whare Hēra’s impressive live-work studio, gallery and apartment suite situated at the prow end of Wellington waterfront’s Clyde Quay Wharf Development. Etienne’s residency in Wellington will involve a number of exciting artist-led events, creating opportunities for Wellington’s public to interact directly with this international artist. Etienne plans to develop an aspect of his on-going project The Green Vessel a multi-layered endeavour consisting of film, installation and drawing.
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Etienne de France’s residency is supported by the French Embassy in New Zealand.
The Te Whare Hēra French artist-in-residency programme is a joint initiative between the French Embassy, Massey University and the Wellington City Council, enabling the participation of a French artist in the residency programme in 2016, 2017 and 2018.