AGATHE SIMON
Arctica

2016
Installations
Variable Dimensions

First Exhibitions in 2018

© Agathe Simon

The exhibition Arctica, the second part of The Polar Project, continues its tribute to the imaginary novelist Gabriela Conti. In spring 2016, Agathe Simon spent several weeks in the Arctic aboard the sailing vessel Atka. Arctica follows the artist in her quest for the Invisible. It has been inspired by an Arctic legend mentioned in Gabriela Conti’s posthumous novel, Vivre (Life). The works expose Simon’s assumptions about the Invisible:

  • A 10mn video installation (3 screens + 5.1 sound system) that depicts the creative process: immersion of photographic films, underwater recordings, charcoal drawings.
  • An installation of silver photographs.
  • A sound installation composed with underwater recordings and a sound diary.
  • Black & white screen prints that follow the enlarged details of charcoal drawings: on the deck of the sailboat Atka, Agathe Simon captured the movements of the Arctic Ocean in charcoal.
  • An installation created in collaboration with a blind person. Since her return from the Arctic, Agathe Simon has been following the Greenlandic tradition that the blind are often shamans. In pursuit of this tradition, she collaborated with a Parisian blind person to interpret the diverse elements she brought back from the Arctic, including recordings, objects, and dreams.

Agathe Simon is a Paris-based artist, born in 1977. After a decade of art projects throughout the world, she starts a partenrship with the art company The Group in Paris in 2017. She is also conducting artistic creation workshops at the Sorbonne University.

Agathe Simon is currently preparing projects in partnership with ‘Les Voûtes’ (a Parisian alternative art venue), the “C.N.R.S.” (the largest governmental research organisation in France), the Paris Cergy National Graduate School of Arts, the University of Cergy-Pontoise, and the Museum of Non-conformist Art (Saint Petersburg, Russia). These projects will include performances, films, and exhibitions.