ABOUT

Etienne de France is a French artist currently living in Montrouge, France.
Unfolding his practice in a multidisciplinary and fragmented way, Etienne de France explores the relationships between concepts of nature and landscape. Through the fields of sciences and architecture, Etienne de France create works using a variety of media such as video, writing, photography, sculpture and drawing. From a questioning on landscape as a space of imaginary and emancipation, he elaborates fictional and narrative maps.
Composed of serial elements, each project is the result of a long-term development, forming the visible bodies of my work. This process allows integrating the possibility of a dialogue between the exhibition’s space and the work, but also through the involvement of many ramifications, to extend the work, and to place it in a space for critical dialogs.

Born 1984 in Paris, France.

Education 

2005-2008 : B.A, Visual Arts, Iceland Academy of Arts, Reykjavik, Iceland.
2005-2002 : Bachelor in Art History, University of Paris 1 Sorbonne, Paris, France.

Selected One Person Exhibitions

2016 : From The Green Vessel, Te Whare Herā Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand.
2015 : The Vessels, École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris-La Villette, Paris, France.
2014 : Rise, BYCR Gallery, Milan, Italy.
2012 : Tales of a Sea Cow, Parco Arte Vivente, Torino, Italy.
2010 : Icelandtrain Collection Fashion Show, National Gallery of Iceland
2007 : Utopia and Last Blah-Blah Before You Go, Ási Art Center, Reykjavik, Iceland.

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016 : Forget the architecture : 25 years of architecture in Vassivière, International Center of Art and Landscape at Vassivière Island, France.
2016 : Itinéraire Bis, Contemporary Art Festival in Public Space, Salon-de-Provence, France.
2016 : KINGDOM – Flora, Fauna, Fable, Reykjavík Art Museum, Iceland.
2014 : Hors les Murs, National Museum of Natural History, FIAC, France.
2014 : Explose, Domaine de Chamarande, France.
2013 : Mediterranea 16, MKC-Multimedia Center Split, Croatia.
2013 : Vues, Domaine de Chamarande, France.
2013 : Alternative Nomadi-Mediterranea 16, MA*GA Museum, Gallarate, Milano, Italy.
2013 : Who Controls the Controllers (?), Galleria Clou, Ragusa, Italy.
2013 : Les Spiritueuses, Standards , Rennes, France.
2013 : Milieux, Domaine de Chamarande, Chamarande, France.
2012 : Inspired by Iceland, National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland.
2011 : Subduction, We-Space, Brusells, Belgium.
2010 : Nine, Kopavogur Art Museum, Kopavogur, Iceland.
2010 : Currents 2010, El Museo Cultural, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
2009 : E-MobiLart Exhibition, State Museum of Modern Art, Thessaloniki, Greece.
2008 : The Word of God, Akureyri Art Museum, Iceland.

Selected Festivals and screenings

2016 : Tales of a Sea Cow (film), Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand.
2015 : Tales of a Sea Cow (film), FLORA Ars+Natura, Bogotá, Colombia.
2015 : Tales of a Sea Cow (film), The Hospital Club, London, England.
2015 : Exploration of a Failure (video), Verbo, Gallery Vermelho, São Paulo, Brazil.
2014 : Tales of a Sea Cow (film), Gimli Festival, Manitoba, Canada
2014 : Tales of a Sea Cow (film), Polansky Gallery, Praha, Czech Republic.
2013 : Tales of a Sea Cow (film), Wild Talk Africa, Durban, South Africa
2013 : Tales of a Sea Cow (film), LICHTER Filmfest Frankfurt International, Germany.
2012 : Tales of a Sea Cow, (film) Shorts and Docs Festival, Reykjavik, Iceland.
2010 : Tales of a Sea Cow, (A/V performance), Festival del Imagen, Manizales, Colombia.
2009 : Tales of a Sea Cow, (A/V performance), Manobra Festival, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
2009 : Tales of a Sea Cow, (A/V performance), Visionsonic Festival, Paris, France.
2009 : Tales of a Sea Cow, (A/V performance), Plektrum Festival, Tallinn, Estonia.
2008 : Tales of a Sea Cow (Video), Instants Video Festival, Marseille, France.
2007 : Eyma (Vidéo), Midi des Jeunes Talents. Festival de Loire, Orléans, France.

Workshop, lectures and artist talks

2016 : Workshop et performances, Massey University, Nouvelle Zélande.
2015 : Lecture and jury, École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris-La Villette, Paris, France.
2013 -2014 : Workshop with students and professors IMPRO of Vayres sur Essonne (Residency in Domaine de Chamarande), France.
2013 : Lecture and workshop Icelandtraincity, Architecture University of San Luis Potosi, Mexico.
2012 : Artist talk, Accademia Albertina delle Belle Arti, Torino
2011 : Lecture and workshop Icelandtraincity, ENSAB Architecture School, Rennes, France
2011 : Lecture Icelandtraincity, KTH Royal Academy, Stockholm, Sweden

Prizes and residencies

2016 : Artiste residency Te Whare Hēra, Wellington, New Zeland.
2015 : Artist residency FLORA Ars Natura, Bogotá/Honda
2015 : Artist residency FAAP, São Paulo, Brazil.
2015 : Research residency, The International Center of Art and Landscape at Vassivière Island, France.
2014 : Nominated for the COAL Prize, Art et Environment.
2013 : Tales of a Sea Cow, Honorable Mention (Best Newcomer, Limited Budget), Roscar Awards, Wild Talk Africa, Durban, South Africa.
2013 : Residency in Domaine de Chamarande, Chamarande, France.
2013 : Residency in CANTE, San Luis Potosi, Mexico.
2013 : Tales of a Sea Cow Nominated for the LICHTER ART AWARD 2013, Frankfurt, Germany.
2012 : Special Jury Mention Tales of a Sea Cow (documentary), Festival Short and Docs, Reykjavik, Iceland.
2010 : SIM Residency, Berlin, Germany.
2009 : Les Pixels Transversaux Residency, Sèvres, France.
2008-2009 : E-MobiLart (European Mobile Lab for Interactive Artists). Athens, Rovaniemi, Vienna.
2008 : Pennin Award for Young Artists, Iceland.