Born 1959 in Brazzaville, Congo, Olivier de Sagazan is a French artist, painter, sculptor and performer. His work typically involves building layers of clay and paint onto his own face and body, transforming his own identity and revealing a half human, half animal seeking to understand his true nature. In Transfiguration he breaks down barriers between the physical and spiritual senses. “I was born in Africa, and have often been asked what aspects of my performance relate to my country of birth and its culture. I believe it is a question of engagement and authenticity: in black Africa, art objects such as masks or fetishes – as well ascertain dances – are acts of survival in order to connect with the spirits,to ask their favour. I don’t believe in spirits or other worlds, but conversely for me a performance is a vital gesture in that it represents a means to question my identity in the world. I want to reveal all the enigma of a face, and thus of the Being which animates it. For me, disfigurement in art isn’t a hostile act towards life: conversely, the effacement is a measure of loss and the transformation a measure of strength.”
Olivier created the performance Transfiguration, the firs time in 1998 , gallery Marie Vitoux (Paris). Since more than 300 performances in 25 différents country.
Many artists collaborated with Olivier for a new creation inspired by his performance “Tranfiguration”.
- Ron Frick pour Samsara
- FKA Twigs pour le projet immersif Room
- Mylène Farmer pour son clip A l’Ombre
- NickKnight et GarethPugh pour le film de mode This is not show
- Mario Sorrenti pour le film Discarnate
- Nick Antosca pour la série Channel Zero
- Bartosz Konopka pour le film The Mute
- Qiu Yang pour le film VR «O» produit par Hou Hsiao-Hsien
- Wim Vandekeybus : Hands do not touch my precious Me
Olivier de Sagazan