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Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster

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Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster

Born in 1965, in Strasbourg (France)

Lives and works in Paris (France)

Like Pierre Huyghe and Philippe Parreno, with whom she has been linked since her student days in Grenoble, the exhibition is Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster’s preferred medium. 

Gonzalez-Foerster presents her work in a way and space designed to create an intimate, domestic feel. “Someone, at home, is always starting an exhibition. Any photo put on a wall, the way we position an object, etc. The shape of rooms is a natural shape for an exhibition, and an exhibition is a natural form of room,” explains the artist. Starting in 1988, Gonzalez-Foerster created just over 50 interiors – installations that condense climates and emotions through objects, colours, lighting and different ways of manipulating the space. Since then, she has moved her work outdoors, and in two different directions. In the space offered by film, which for her is the logical next step from the exhibition, she has produced a succession of short films exploring public spaces – parks and cities where people meet and communicate. At the same time, she has reconceived the exhibition in view of the forms at its frontiers (the 19th century panorama) or by bringing other real or imaginary spaces into the museum or public space.

Selected Bibliography

Lavigne, Emma ; Millet, Catherine ; León de la Barra, Pablo... [et al.]. Dominique Gonzales-Foerster : 1887-2058 : exposition, Centre Pompidou, Galerie sud, Paris, du 23 septembre 2015 au 1er février 2016. Paris : Editions du Centre Pompidou, 2015. 

Obrist, Hans Ulrich ; Foerster, Dominique. Conversation avec Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster. Paris : Manuella éditions, 2015. 

Morgan, Jessica ; Tate modern (Londres). TH.2058 : Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster : [exhibition, Tate Modern, London, 13 October 2008-13 April 2009]. London : Tate publishing, 2008. (The Unilever series ; 9). 

Musée d'art moderne de la ville de Paris (Paris) ; Scherf, Angeline ; Renard, Emilie. Expodrome : Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster & Cie : [exposition, Musée d'art moderne de la Ville de Paris/ARC, du 13 février au 6 mai 2007]. Paris : Paris-Musées, 2007. 

Gonzalez-Foerster, Dominique ; Le Consortium. Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster : films. Dijon : Les Presses du réel ; Frankfurt : Portikus, 2003.

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