exhibition from 3 to 25 May 
with Golnaz Behrouznia, Lenka Glisnikova, Manon Pretto, 

Press realease 

The CHIMERA exhibition explores the concept of hybridisation, through a creative process that combines elements from different origins to create new entities. This fusion is achieved by combining traditional and digital techniques, including hand-drawing, photographic techniques and artificial intelligence tools, with a transition between the plastic and the digital.

Inspired by biology, and the crossing of species resulting in hybrids, the works on display are the result of formal manipulations designed to produce unpredictable results.

From an imaginary point of view, these chimerical entities evoke both a poetic territory and a strange and disquieting feeling, evoking a familiar and mutant world. 

Golnaz Behrouznia uses a multimedia approach to illustrate the alternative evolution of living things. 

She questions its morphogenesis and evolution, exploring its mutations through the creation of imaginary creatures and ecosystems. 

Using techniques of fusion and superimposition across multiple mediums, she fluidly and organically combines diverse images, textures and motifs, creating a unique visual vocabulary.

Her imaginary creatures are inspired by the visual language of biology, and she presents them in a repertoire that oscillates between the imaginary and the scientific. 

The series of sculptures and drawings Morphogenetic Tensions belong to the same type of classification, appearing to be declensions of the living and its formal variety.  

Through the construction of fictitious ecosystems, she offers a new perspective on evolution, on the borderline between art and science. 

Manon Pretto borrows from dystopia and science fiction, in the sense that she invents - and scripts in her installations - an afterlife for humans on this Earth, populated by technological relics, creatures and organisms mutated by having had to adapt to hostile conditions. 

His practice with generative AI tools follows this trend, leaving room for interpretation of the tool. The artist plays with it to discover which hybridisations the artificial intelligence will interpret, and how it will transcribe them, while controlling its development according to its initial intention. 

His Observation mutation series explores cross-breeding between species and the creation of varieties inspired by the living but born of digital information, a retranscription and metamorphosis of reality. 

The transformations carried out in the video sequences of Prototype ex0insect, produced using generative animation tools, illustrate the digital morphogenesis of imaginary insects. 

Lenka Glisnikova's creative process involves a dynamic interrelationship between photography and the tangible, with a particular emphasis on the duplication and deformation achieved by switching between photographic and digital techniques. 

Photographs serve as the basic material, often modified by mutations of form and shooting, evolving between photographic and digital techniques.

In his series of sculptures Moment of Seclusion Over the Horizon the creation is initiated by photography, then the material is used to melt it. The printed images are moulded using thermoforming techniques, incorporating parts of electronic devices and other everyday objects. 

DNA and nanoplastics, both present in the human body, are essential influences for the artist. These mutant forms seem to be a condensation of our relationship with technology, its organic relationship to our lives, but also the waste that results from our consumption. 

Golnaz Behrouznia
Lenka Glisnikova
Manon Pretto

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