La Nuit Sauve intends to travel across the symbolic stratification of sites of knowledge or landscapes that have shaped the modern gaze projected on Nature, in which they have crafted physical or symbolical borders: a natural history museum, a biosphere reserve, a zoo and a desert. It will be composed of both a feature film and a book.

image. La Nuit Sauve. Work document

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Etienne Chambaud

French artist Etienne Chambaud lives and works in Milan and Paris. He carries out a persistent exploration on the nature of a work of art: its relation to its subtext, to the vertigo of its stratified references and lost origins, to its contexts, and the way artworks are charged with meaning or endowed with a particular narrative. He is especially interested in a negative definition of the artwork, from its merge, textual or legal perimeter, and by the process and technology of conservation and display of art. 

He collaborated with Vincent Normand on Contre-Histoire de la Séparation (2010), a documentary film on the common history of the modern museum and the guillotine, and is now continuing his research on separation as relation and exhibition as exclusion in an investigation on zoos and animal expression.

Chambaud presented Undercuts at Forde, Geneva (2012), The Encored Separation at Art Unlimited, Basel (2011), and in 2010, Contre-Histoire de la Séparation at Centre International d’Art et du Paysage, Vassivière; Objets Rédimés at Bugada & Cargnel, Paris; Le Musée Décapité, Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf; On Hospitality, LABOR, Mexico City; and the three-part project The Sirens’ Stage (David Roberts Art Foundation, London), Le Stade des Sirènes (Kadist Art Foundation, Paris), and Lo stato delle sirene (Nomas Foundation, Rome). He had a solo exhibition at Palais de Tokyo, Paris, in 2009 entitled Color Suite

He has also participated in group exhibitions including Rotary Connection, Casey Kaplan, New York (2012); Danser sa vie, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2011); Bild für Bild, Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund; Being There, The Meet Factory, Prague; L’Obstacle est la Tautologie, Tulips & Roses, Vilnius (2010); and Exercises in Seeing, Queen’s Nails Projects, San Francisco (2009). 
He is represented by LABOR in Mexico City, Bugada & Cargnel in Paris, and Sies + Höke in Düsseldorf. 

Vincent Normand

Vincent Normand is a writer and curator living in Paris. He is co-author of the film Counter History of Separation (2010, with Etienne Chambaud), and the book Metaxu (Rosascape, Paris, 2011, with Fabien Giraud). His recent curatorial projects include the exhibitions Sinking Islands (LABOR, Mexico City, 2012), Fun Palace (Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2010), as well as the tripartite project The Sirens’ Stage (David Roberts Foundation, London, 2010), Le Stade des Sirènes (Kadist Foundation, Paris, 2010), and Lo stato delle sirene (Nomas Foundation, Rome, 2010). He has worked as a project-based assistant curator in such European venues as the Lyon Bienniale of Contemporary Art; Artissima, Turin; Tate Modern, London; and the Bologna Modern Art Museum (MAMbo). Normand is co-founder of the magazine CRITICISM and, until June 2012, was co-director of the art space FORDE in Geneva, where he curated solo exhibitions by young international artists, managed a bookshop, organized satellite programs, and edited FORDE’s publications.

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