” Le visage humain n’a pas encore trouvé sa face et c’est au peintre à là lui donner … ” – Antonin Artaud”
Transfiguration » is a story of the painter and sculptor’s unfulfilled longing to breathe life into his creation. in a gesture of desperation he sculpts clay onto his head, burying himself in the material, eradicating his identity and becoming a living work of art. yet the material blinds him and he is forced to look inward, into the very depths of himself. in a fascinating performance sagazan changes identities on stage – from man to animal and from animal to various hybrid creatures. he pierces, obliterates and unravels the layers on his face in a frenzied search for new essence and form. in this regard sagazan has stated “i am flabbergasted in seeing to what degree people think it’s normal, or even trite, to be alive.” in transfiguration he gives new meaning to the notion of life, offering a captivating, disturbing and stirring glimpse into an alternative selfhood utterly unconstrained by inhibition
Duration 50 min
Admittance: 7 / 77 years
Performer: Olivier de Sagazan
Artistic manager: Gaelle Le Rouge
Olivier De Sagazan, born in the Congo and raised in France, is a biologist by training who more than three decades ago began to delve into art. In his work, Sagazan examines his body as well as the structures which come to define the individual such as the dictates of society, culture and history. Through the creative process, he forges and then peels away the layers of clay, until a wild, primordial and liberated individual is laid bare. Transfiguration was created in 1998, as a series of works dealing with the search for the shamanistic, genetique and untamable essence of human nature. 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 “Transfiguration”.
- Ron Frick pour Samsara
- FKA Twigs pour le projet immersif Room
- Mylène Farmer pour son clip A l’Ombre
- Nick Knight and Gareth Pugh offer an exclusive visual insight into Pugh’s S/S 18 collection presented here as fashion film.
- Solve Sundsbo
- Mario Sorrenti for the movie Discarnate
- Nick Antoscafor a serie: Channel Zero
- Bartosz Konopka for the movie The Mute
- Qiu Yang for movie: VR «O» produit par Hou Hsiao-Hsien
- Wim Vandekeybus, for a show: Hands do not touch my precious Me
- David Wahl for Vive le sujet Festival d’Avignon