Alliance Française de Singapour Presents:
A Solo Exhibition BY Hélène Le Chatelier
Curated by Tan Siuli
In her solo exhibtion, Hélène Le Chatelier works across a breadth of artistic mediums to explore the idea and image of the female body as a ‘terra incognita’, an ambiguous terrain open for new, and personal readings.
Resisting the conventional male gaze of art history while simultaneously questioning ‘feminine’ attributes and histories, Le Chatelier’s close-up, yet abstracted forms offer up primordial, timeless landscapes.
A related body of work turns on the metaphor of the Motherland where the idea of the female body is enmeshed with notions of identities and belonging.
Drawing on her sense of dislocation as well as a distant yet ambiguous longing for this ‘motherland’, Le Chatelier laboriously erases parts of old maps of France, leaving only its rivers visible, like veins on flesh.
These are maps of fading memories, and yet their regression to ‘virgin territory’ offers up a blank canvas for possibilities to be imagined anew.
Date: 9 March- 28 March 2021
Time: Tuesday-Friday: 1pm-7.30pm | Saturday: 9am-5.30pm
Alliance Française de Singapour, la galerie, Level 2
Artist Talk moderated by Siuli Tan
This panel brings together women artists from France and the South East region to discuss the presentation of female figure and femininity. The conversation will delve into their individual work and practice, and situate this within the arc of broader art histories as well as each artist’s negotiation of social and cultural norms. The panel will be followed by a Q&A session.
7 March 2021- 8pm
Meet- the Authors Session moderated by Sébastien Bonnemason
Our panel discussion will further examine the theme of “gentleness in the act of creation”. As an artist whose works resist the conventional male gaze of art history while simultaneously questioning “feminine” attributes and histories, Hélène Le Chatelier will talk about her unique approach towards art and her positioning as a female artist. Writers Lilyane Beauquel and Joffrine Donnadieu will chime in with the discussion on the distinction between “femininity” and “feminism”, and more generally on how we are conditioned by a shared history that is often difficult to escape.
24 March 2021- 8pm
In French with English Subtitles
Panels will be held in Alliance Française theatre with an allowance of 50 people and streamed live. Access is free but registration on AF website is mandatory..