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« Léna Hiriartborde graduated from the Haute École des Arts du Rhin in Strasbourg in 2015, in the Arts Hors Formats research group focused on performance and digital art. During her studies she built exchanges with the independent circuit of Valparaiso (Chile), where she exhibited in different galleries (Umbral, Casa Nekoe, 2013; Control Remoto, Worm Gallery, 2016…).
Curious about the relationships that people of animist traditions maintain with their environment, she traveled to India, then to the Colombian Amazon. She currently resides between Marseille, where she is involved in the self-managed artistic center of La Déviation (Potlatch, 2018), and the hinterland of Grasse, where she participates in the activity of a medicinal plant farm. There she lives her passions for the knowledge of the more than human kingdoms which nourish her practice.
After having developed all kinds of tactics so as to invite a greater consideration to spaces and their subtleties, Hiriartborde began orienting her practice since 2017 towards questions of interdependence and inter-species collaboration.
Her works are presented in hybrid forms, mixing performance, photography, writing, installation, sound pieces and videos, from which a touch of humor and self-mockery often slip between. »1
Sous Réserve De
Video, 6min, 2018
Bajo Putumayo, Colombia
Subject to seeing where the confetti goes. Provided they accept my donation to their company. Subject to taking the size of underground galleries. Captivated by the relentless occupation of leaf-cutting ants, I seek to participate. Between scientific prospects and childish curiosity, I place new materials cut to the appropriate dimensions near their tracks. That they get them on board immediately, ready to integrate this new substrate into their precise ecology. What are they going to do with it? Are there laboratory ants inside? What a funny picture these spots of bright colors that emerge little by little from the multiple openings in the anthill.
Vivi says ants don’t have vacations. They get up at 4 a.m. and stop working at 7 p.m. Bernardo says that they build walls inside the anthill with the pieces of leaves that they cut out of those big trees that you see over there, the ones with the lacy leaves. On the internet, leaf-cutting ants store this material, which they eat and whose excrement they then obtain to feed the fungus they love.
RDV à la source
Performance, produced on-site, 2021
The well has, despite being singular, a signficant S. Perhaps he is thus suggesting that there is only one entry into the multiple branches of an underground network and an especially porous planet?
I am exploring the presence of water in the ateliers Jeanne Barret. This reflection around its underground journey, its arrival today and now, leads me to question the arrival of life on earth, and the hazardous conjunctions of its initiation. Besides, does life really exist? Oops, the stone has fallen into the well. This well is our fountain today.
1https://www.ateliersmedicis.fr/le-reseau/acteur/lena-hiriartborde-17658 (trans. from original french)