We are not, we become
The CACC is pleased to host the first solo exhibition of Belgian artist Ariane Loze, laureate of the 63rd Salon de Montrouge’s Departmental Prize.
In her expert videos – in which she directs herself – Ariane Loze analyzes and dissects her materia prima : the human and construction of the self. The title of the exhibition refers to the fabrication of our constantly shifting identities, which feed off of our exchanges with others, our different contexts and time periods, while also invalidating all notions of fixed identities. In her videos, Ariane Loze simultaneously carries out the writing, directing, acting (she plays all of the characters), editing and post-production, making each video a performance in itself. This comprehensive approach to creation is astutely meaningful and allows the artist the perfection of all her images. Through the different appearances she takes on, Ariane Loze is not looking to fool anyone. Instead, through interpersonal dialogue that could very well be interior, she seeks to explore a multiplicity of personalities and the contradictions of daily life.
The exhibit proposes a two-part journey through the artist’s work.
The first part comprises a selection of videos made over a large period of time (2008–2017), allowing us access to the different strands of her process. Some of Ariane Loze’s films contain zero speech, allowing the environment to become a character of its own : the close interaction between humans and architecture – the movements and shifts of the body through buildings – which sometimes takes us into absurd territory. This is the case in Betaville, which was shot in the one-of-a-kind spaces of the House of World Cultures in Berlin, as well as in Mirror, which benefited from the exceptional architecture of the deSingel Multidisciplinary Center in Antwerp. Ariane Loze’s films also focus on the different forms of professional and informal interactions that bring into play representations of the self and self-image. Laughter is held back and even the most banal conversations give away the moral constraints and other forms of pressure felt by the characters.
Ariane Loze delves into the injunctions on productivity – down to the very act of being happy – blurring further the boundary between professional careers and personal growth.
The second part of the exhibit immerses us even further into these questions through the dinner theme, present in the artist’s various works. The video entitled Le Banquet (2016) – which is emblematic of the encounter between the search for meaning and social injunctions – is presented here through an immersive installation. For this occasion, Ariane Loze has in fact fully recreated the setting of her film in order to shoot a new development in the work especially for the CACC. Therefore, the exhibit space will have been both the set and space of the performance before becoming a space for us to explore, in which the two creations come face-to-face with one another.
The installation will be reanimated on the occasion of an encounter with the artist on February 17th. At the very heart of the installation created for the occasion, the artist will continue filming during a performance that will be open to all.
The exhibition “Nous ne sommes pas, nous devenons” is supported by the City of Montrouge.
Biography of Ariane Loze
Born in Brussels in 1988, Ariane Loze has been making films since her beginnings in 2008 with the project entitled MÔWN (Movies On My Own). Sometimes joined with performances, her videos have been shown at numerous festivals and institutions including : Salon de Montrouge (Paris), Palais des Beaux-Arts (Brussels), Tanzhaus, (Düsseldorf), 2010 Dansand!-festival (Oostende), Crisis Festival (Paris), as well as Hors-Piste (Brussels).