2019: Laura Gozlan: PORTFOLIO

Laura Gozlan's videos and visual installations question the links between subculture and Posthumanism, their founding myths (New Age, Cybernetics) and their dystopias. Regarding her video productions, she mostly worked over the past few years from what is found, using her favourite materials, gialli films (Italian romantic-horror- crime film noirs), science-fiction fantasy and documents found in scientific archives. She now re-engages with a practice she had long deserted, and appears both behind and in front of the video camera. She impersonates a character, whose features send a scrambled message, as her costume suggest an air of bourgeoisie, that her messy hair and dull-looking face meticulously deconstruct. On another note, this woman performs a series of actions that seem to obey a ritual logic (smoking organs, getting bones out of a basin...).This echoes a few obsessions that haunt the artist’s work: zombies, ghosts, dismemberment, and mummies.

 

We can understand this semi-life as an intermediate state between matter and information in an immaterial era, and the promises of eternal youth it offers, once existence is set free from all submission to biology. In her works, and in the organic systems that constitute her exhibitions, where the shapes move from the screen to the physical space, Laura Gozlan shows that these new rituals to ward off death are far from futuristic and encompassed in a long timeframe. The first anatomy treaties, magic rites and religious practices mingle with advertising, photoshop filters, IT and nanotechnologies. The convergence between technology and biology that we witness in a baffling manner, started long ago.

01 Youth Enhancement Systems I (Mum please), 2019 - video, 5 min 26  - installation view of Mum pls at La chambre, Aubervilliers
01 Youth Enhancement Systems I (Mum please), 2019 - video, 5 min 26 - installation view of Mum pls at La chambre, Aubervilliers
02 Youth Enhancement Systems I (Mum please), 2019 - video, 5 min 26  - installation view of Mum pls at La chambre, Aubervilliers
02 Youth Enhancement Systems I (Mum please), 2019 - video, 5 min 26 - installation view of Mum pls at La chambre, Aubervilliers
03 Youth Enhancement Systems III (Ptomain), 2019 - hd video, 5 min 55, color sound
03 Youth Enhancement Systems III (Ptomain), 2019 - hd video, 5 min 55, color sound
04 Youth Enhancement Systems III (Ptomain), 2019 - hd video, 5 min 55, color sound
04 Youth Enhancement Systems III (Ptomain), 2019 - hd video, 5 min 55, color sound
05 Youth Enhancement Systems, 2019 - Installation view at Galerie Valeria Cetraro, Paris
05 Youth Enhancement Systems, 2019 - Installation view at Galerie Valeria Cetraro, Paris
06 Youth Enhancement Systems, 2019 - Installation view at Galerie Valeria Cetraro, Paris
06 Youth Enhancement Systems, 2019 - Installation view at Galerie Valeria Cetraro, Paris
07 Youth Enhancement Systems, 2019 - Installation view at Galerie Valeria Cetraro, Paris
07 Youth Enhancement Systems, 2019 - Installation view at Galerie Valeria Cetraro, Paris
08 Sensorium, 2017 Installation view of Hail to the new flesh at White Crypt, London
08 Sensorium, 2017 Installation view of Hail to the new flesh at White Crypt, London
09 Breathing skins, 2017 - video loop 8min, epoxy resin, jesmonite, foam, - Installation view at White Crypt, London
09 Breathing skins, 2017 - video loop 8min, epoxy resin, jesmonite, foam, - Installation view at White Crypt, London
10 Physical self, 2017, 11min loop, Installation view at Galerie Valeria Cetraro Paris
10 Physical self, 2017, 11min loop, Installation view at Galerie Valeria Cetraro Paris
11 Physical self, 2017, 11min loop, Installation view at Galerie Valeria Cetraro Paris
11 Physical self, 2017, 11min loop, Installation view at Galerie Valeria Cetraro Paris
12 Physical self, 2017 - Installation view at Galerie Valeria Cetraro Paris
12 Physical self, 2017 - Installation view at Galerie Valeria Cetraro Paris
13 Inner Chains, 2017 - Plexiglas pipes, epoxy, fish bladder, dried octopus, dvi cables, batteries, latex garrotte, ...
13 Inner Chains, 2017 - Plexiglas pipes, epoxy, fish bladder, dried octopus, dvi cables, batteries, latex garrotte, ...