Laura Rives is a visual artist who graduated from the institut supérieur des arts de Toulouse in 2014. She was born in 1991 in Toulouse. She lives and works in Paris, France.

 

Her work has been presented on several occasions, including at Lieu-Commun Artist Run Space (Toulouse, FR), the Chapelle de la Madelaine (Arles, FR), the Bazaar Compatible Program (Shanghai, CN), the YiShu XueYuan University of Arts (Nanjing, CN), the Bernard Magrez Cultural Institute (Bordeaux, FR), the Espace Virtuel du Jeu de Paume (Paris, FR) or at the CACN (Nîmes, FR), in the autumn of 2020.

Laura also benefited from various residences, at the Maisons Daura (Saint-Cirq Lapopie, FR), the Réserve-Bienvenue (Bordeaux, FR) and the Cambrai 19 social centre with the support of Fanatikart (Paris, FR).

 

Polishing her relationship with the world, Laura Rives is interested in its surfaces, the physicality of things, its different skins, the multiple materials and liquids that make it up.

 

Working on the surface, she photographs our contemporary materials and experiences their reality. Through explorations, she tries to incarnate the photographic image by numerous manipulations to counter the decline of our tactile and sensitive sensations in our increasingly dematerialized societies.

 

In a very intuitive way and allowing for the accidental. She erases, scratches, stretches, attacks, sands, saturates and even burns the image down. The photographic material abandons itself to doubt, chance, drift, error and to the uncertainty of transformation. It thus becomes unstable and evanescent, it flees and liquefies under her actions. Hybriding installation and sculpture in suspended forms, the photographic body of Laura's works is shaped by wandering, charged with imprints.

 

In a desire to free photography from its role of mimicry of reality, the subject of her images escapes in the exhaustion of its matter. The image loses its referent, a distance occurs. It is erased. But the loss is not absolute, nor is the image totally emptied. There are always tenuous traces of it, fragments of material that have been lost, which make the crumbly aspect of the skin more apparent. Because of this emptiness, necessary in our era saturated by meaning, photography becomes an open form. The viewer then finds himself more in front of a presence than a representation of reality, allowing him to project his own narrative into it.

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Laura Rives is a visual artist who graduated from the institut supérieur des arts de Toulouse in 2014. She was born in 1991 in Toulouse. She lives and works in Paris, France.

 

Her work has been presented on several occasions, including at Lieu-Commun Artist Run Space (Toulouse, FR), the Chapelle de la Madelaine (Arles, FR), the Bazaar Compatible Program (Shanghai, CN), the YiShu XueYuan University of Arts (Nanjing, CN), the Bernard Magrez Cultural Institute (Bordeaux, FR), the Espace Virtuel du Jeu de Paume (Paris, FR) or at the CACN (Nîmes, FR), in the autumn of 2020.

Laura also benefited from various residences, at the Maisons Daura (Saint-Cirq Lapopie, FR), the Réserve-Bienvenue (Bordeaux, FR) and the Cambrai 19 social centre with the support of Fanatikart (Paris, FR).

 

Polishing her relationship with the world, Laura Rives is interested in its surfaces, the physicality of things, its different skins, the multiple materials and liquids that make it up.

 

Working on the surface, she photographs our contemporary materials and experiences their reality. Through explorations, she tries to incarnate the photographic image by numerous manipulations to counter the decline of our tactile and sensitive sensations in our increasingly dematerialized societies.

 

In a very intuitive way and allowing for the accidental. She erases, scratches, stretches, attacks, sands, saturates and even burns the image down. The photographic material abandons itself to doubt, chance, drift, error and to the uncertainty of transformation. It thus becomes unstable and evanescent, it flees and liquefies under her actions. Hybriding installation and sculpture in suspended forms, the photographic body of Laura's works is shaped by wandering, charged with imprints.

 

In a desire to free photography from its role of mimicry of reality, the subject of her images escapes in the exhaustion of its matter. The image loses its referent, a distance occurs. It is erased. But the loss is not absolute, nor is the image totally emptied. There are always tenuous traces of it, fragments of material that have been lost, which make the crumbly aspect of the skin more apparent. Because of this emptiness, necessary in our era saturated by meaning, photography becomes an open form. The viewer then finds himself more in front of a presence than a representation of reality, allowing him to project his own narrative into it.

 

 

 

education

 

2018

- Structurer et développer son activité artistique, BBB, Toulouse

 

2014

- DNSEP art, isdaT (institut supérieur des arts de Toulouse)

 

2013

- École offshore, sous la direction de Paul Devautour, Shanghai

 

2009

- BAC STI Arts Appliqués, Lycée Rive‑Gauche, Toulouse

 

solo shows

 

2020

- Entrez dans la matière !, Espace19 Cambrai, Paris

- Irradiation, Bibliothèque Benjamin Rabier,  Paris

2017

- Miscellanéa, Médiathèque ‑ Centre Culturel, Bruguières

2016

- SAS #1, Espace Expérimental de l’Hôtel de Ville, Lespinasse

2015

- Veinures, Brasserie Flo Les Beaux‑Arts, Toulouse

- Liquide, Galerie du Château, Auriac‑sur‑Vendinelle

2013

- Workspace, Bazaar Compatible Program, Shanghai

 

residencies

 

2020

- Entrez dans la matière ! Espace19 Cambrai x FanatikArt, Paris

 

2019

- Bienvenue, La Réserve ‑ Bienvenue, Bordeaux

 

2018

- Post‑Production, Maisons Daura / MAGCP, Saint‑Cirq Lapopie

 

group shows

 

2020

- (upcoming) Les mauvaises herbes résisteront, CACN x Espace Villary, Nîmes

- CRAC, 17e Biennale d’art contemporain, Champigny‑sur‑Marne

 

2019

- Liis Lillo invite, Atelier de la DRAC Occitanie, Toulouse

- Brasero par Double Séjour, Chapelle de la Madeleine, Arles

- Elevation, WAC#2, La Réserve ‑ Bienvenue, Bordeaux

- Fist, 4ème Festival International de Stickers, Lieu‑Commun, Toulouse

 

2018

- Post-Production #2, Maisons Daura, Saint‑Cirq Lapopie

 

2017

- Never Give Up, Institut Culturel Bernard Magrez, Bordeaux

- Meeting#3 « l’expédition fantôme », Lieu‑Commun, Toulouse

 

2016

- POPUP STORE, 19 rue Paul Vidal, Toulouse

 

2014

- Le complexe de Wilson, Cinéma Multiplex Gaumont Wilson, Toulouse

- Adieu, institut supérieur des arts, Toulouse

 

2013

- Tradukado, Université des arts Nanjing YiShu XueYuan, Nanjing

 

2012

- 15 Mars 2012, institut supérieur des arts, Toulouse

- Picturediting #4, institut supérieur des arts, Toulouse

- Magic Ring, Jeu de Paume, Espace Virtuel, Paris

 

2011

- Démos Fantômes 1/2, École supérieure d’art des Pyrénées, Pau

- Démos Fantômes 2/2, institut supérieur des arts, Toulouse

 

workshops

 

2020

- Entrez dans la matière !, Espace19 Cambrai x FanatikArt, Paris

 

2018

- A près‑midi Riso, Lafayette Anticipations, Paris

 

prints

 

2019

- Stickers, Production Lieu‑Commun, Toulouse

 

2014

- jour blanc, Livre d’artiste, Édition isdaT, Toulouse

 

2012

- Picturediting #4, Catalogue d’exposition,  Édition isdaT, Toulouse

 

press

 

2019

- Point Contemporain, Images fluides / Images matières, Julie Martin

 

2017

- paris-art.com, Meeting #3 L’expédition fantôme

 

2016

- La Dépêche du Midi et ladepeche.fr

 

2015

- La Dépêche du Midi, Liquide

 

engagements

 

2019

- Volunteering, Week-end de l’Art Contemporain WAC#2, Bordeaux

- Cultural Mediation, Revolution, Lafayette Anticipations, Paris

 

2018

- Cultural Mediation, Le centre ne peut tenir, Lafayette Anticipations, Paris

 

2017

- Artist’s assistant Aurélie Pétrel, St‑Ouen

- Installation of the group show SoixanteDixSept Experiment, CPIF Centre Photographique d’Île de France, Pontault‑Combault

 

2016

- Launching an exhibition space (SAS), Hôtel de Ville, Lespinasse

 

2008

- Volunteering, association Toulouse 2013, Capitale européenne de la culture, Toulouse