DAK’ART 2014

11ème Biennale de l’Art Africain Contemporain 09/05>08/06

Joël Andrianomearisoa


Jardin Sentimental (Sentimental Garden): textile installation (cotton, plastic), 8x5 m, 2013, © Patrice Sour, courtesy Revue Noire, Paris.

Joël Andrianomerisoa’s Sentimental Garden plays on the fragility and lightness of life, the tangible and the intangible, the eternal and the ephemeral. Huge piece of black fabric, exposed to the weather, the Sentimental Garden is to the test of passions like love is subjected to the drama of existence. Admittedly architect, it is not the rational character of the artist who takes over in the creation of the work but the emotion that defines the work. It is the artist’s secret garden labyrinth that invites the visitor to enter, while pushing back as the wind swells the cloth. Game of impossible love, the visitor must penetrate burglary to find himself invaded both emotionally and spatially. Phenomenon particularly disturbing as the visitor cannot really define this work. Is it a tapestry, facade, architecture, border? No matter, because the work is not meant to be locked in the shackles of determination or rational interpretation. Only silence and delicate caress of the work, driven by the wind is enough to make sense.

Andrianomearisoa was born in Antananarivo, Madagascar, in 1977. He left Madagascar for Paris when he was 19 in order to further his studies at the Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture. He has participated in a number of major group exhibitions, including Africa Remix, curated by Simon Njami, and the 2010 Sinopale Biennale in Sinop, Turkey. His work most recently featured on In Context, hosted by Goodman Gallery at Arts on Main and other venues in Johannesburg. He lives and works between Antananarivo and Paris.

View online : www.joelandrianomearisoa.com