Célia Gondol

Born in 1985. Lives and works in Paris.
For some artists, the practice of art is above all else a way to give a shape to the insatiable curiosity sparked of by the world as it is given to us.
It is an attitude, a perceptible availability, a need to translate, in practice, the enjoyable complexity of knowledge.
In Célia Gondol’s research, this transposition takes us to the world of dance and sculpture, to the dimensions of sound, light and even to astrophysical observations.
During her recent residency in a Hermès silk factory, she called on Hélène Courtois, an astrophysicist specialised in the cartography of expanding galaxies, in order to get inspiration from her documents and express them into the art of silk weaving. The final artwork is called Observables d’Apeiron (Apeiron Observables, 2016) and rolls out these representations of the “unrepresentable” over a twenty-five metre long width which the spectators are invited to physically cross.
In Slow (2014), she invited a couple to perform a slow dance in the middle of the exhibition and layered a banana leaf between their bodies. When the audience moved closer to the dancers, they could hear them hum a pop tune, infused with gentleness and tenderness inside the codified space of the art venue.
In the Songlines (2014) installation, she lets elements such as wood sheets and foliage plants “settle” under their own weight in space, merely supported by thin steel rods. In the video Agreement in compassion (2015), she filmed a young Thai woman who was covering a few palm leaves with gold leaf.
The rallying point of these pieces which are, in principle, on diferent levels from each other, lies in this very delicate attention the artist pays to the interaction between bodies and their space, whether it is the body of the spectator crossing the large width, the bodies of the sculptures, the body of the young woman taking care of the tree and of course the bodies of the dancers.
Célia Gondol started dancing at the age of eighteen and now practices regularly in a company and as a choreographer. To her this singular diversity, being a plastic artist and a dancer, forms an inseparable whole.
It is asking us, when we are in front of her work, to be on the lookout for those moments of balance and grace in which something like a feeling may take the shape of a thought that will be free to touch us.
As if the artist was leaving us with the responsibility of taking the time to watch, feel, think and experience something; all in all the time to live beside her.

Gaël Charbau


Selected Group Exhibitions

Station 1(0), LABORATOIRE ESPACE CERVEAU Institut d’Art Contemporain, Villeurbanne (FR)
Une inconnue d’avance, Bourse Révélations Emerige, curateur Gaël Charbau, Villa Emerige (FR)
TROPICÁLIA, galerie l’inlassable, Paris (FR)
The making of an exhibition, Galleria Marcolini/CIY, Forli (IT)
FIAC-L’OFFICIEL, « Slow », performance, Cité de la Mode et du Design, Paris (FR)
Les voyageurs, curateur Hou Hanru, Palais des Beaux Arts, Paris (FR)
CIY à la Villa Belleville, curateur CIY, Paris (FR)
Rayon Vert, en collaboration avec Paul Lahana, ENSBA, Paris (FR)
Bureau du dessin, ENSAD, La Douera

Selected Solo Exhibition

Point Cardinal, DNSAP, ENSBA, Paris (FR)
How to look through a ghost, PSG Art Gallery, Bangkok (TH)
Un Temps Ralenti, Centre Chorégraphique National d’Orléans, direction Josef Nadj, Orléans (FR)
The spell was cast, DNAP, ENSBA, Paris (FR)


Laboratoire Espace Cerveau, artiste invitée dans le cadre du cycle « Vers un monde cosmomorphe », Institut d’Art Contemporain, Villeurbane (FR)
Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, résidence d’artiste aux ateliers de la Holding Textile Hermès, Lyon. Marraine Ann Veronica Janssens (FR)


Cahiers de résidence 6, Résidence Holding Textile Hermès, entretien Gaël Charbau, éditions Actes Sud/Coédition Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, Octobre 2016
Le Chassis n°1, revue papier, entretien Emmanuelle Oddo, octobre 2016 lire l’entretien
Une inconnue d’avance, catalogue d’exposition Bourse Révélation Emerige, texte Gaël Charbau, 2016
50/52, ouvrage sur la scène artistique émergente, curateur Laurence Bruguière, texte Noémie Monier, 11-13 Editions, 2015 lire le texte Vue du catalogue d’exposition
Les voyageurs, catalogue d’exposition, curateur Hou Hanru, texte Anne-lou Vicente, Beaux-Arts de Paris Les Editions, 2015 vue du catalogue d’exposition
Diplômes 2014, Catalogue des diplômés de l’ENSBA, Beaux-Arts de Paris Les Editions, 2014
Le Chassis, Perpective#1, Chronique Noémie Monier, revue en ligne, 2014
Domus, Tokonoma/Co.Labor.Lab, collaboration avec l’agence d’architecture Gillot+Givry, article en ligne, texte Tony Côme, 2012


Création en collaboration avec Nina Santes,
«A leaf, far and ever», L’Atelier de Paris-Carolyn Carlson, Paris (FR)
Cie Contour Progressif, Mylène Benoit, Lille (FR)
«L’aveuglement», L’Atelier de Paris-Carolyn Carlson, Paris (FR)
Cie Contour Progressif, Mylène Benoit, Lille (FR)
«Notre Danse», Scène Nationale Le Phénix, Valenciennes (FR)
Cie Suprabégnine, Pauline SIMON, Paris (FR)
«Exploit», Création Théatre de la Ville, Abbesses, Paris (FR)
Danse Elargie, Théatre de la ville, Paris (FR)
Diplôme d’État de professeur de danse en danse contemporaine, CND LYON
«Vanishing point» , performance, Galerie Apolonia, STRASBOURG
Death By Glitter, Clint LUTES, BERLIN
« Get A Leg Up », création
Dock 11, Berlin (DE)
Cie Adrien M, Adrien MONDOT, Grenoble (FR)
Atelier de recherche, Centre de dévellopement chorégraphique, Cie Michal MUALEM/Giannalberto DE FILIPPI (SASHA WALTZ and GUESTS), Bologne (IT)
Performance au «Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna», Bologne (IT)
Cie Courrier de Nuit, Jean-Pierre BONOMO, Grenoble (FR)
« Emotions Chimiques », création Théâtre de création, Grenoble (FR)
Guests Company, Yuval PICK, Lyon (FR)
« Look White Inside », creation, Festival International de Danse de Cannes (FR)
Cie Lanabel, Annabelle BONNERY, Grenoble (FR)
« Exquises », création Théatre National de Chaillot, Paris (FR)
Cie Lanabel, Annabelle BONNERY, Grenoble (FR)
« Excite », creation, Festival ARTDANTHE, Vanves (FR)
Espaco o Tempo, Montemor o Novo (Rui HORTA, Portugal) (PT)