02. Artists

Anthea Hamilton

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b. 1978 London (United Kingdom), where she lives and works

Anthea Hamilton’s art oscillates deliciously between kitsch and the sublime, sculpture and installation, theatre set and performance. She describes her works as “performative sculptures”; their tinge of theatricality is prompted by their spatialisation and a skilful juxtaposition of ambiences, surprise effects, masks and simulacra.

Hamilton has shown at La Salle de Bains (Lyon), the Palais de Tokyo (Paris), the Chisenhale Gallery (London) and the Gwangju Biennial.

With the support of CIC Lyonnaise de Banque, official partner of the 13th Biennale de Lyon; in partnership with the British Council, and Fluxus, London

This artwork is also supported by the Club de la Biennale de Lyon and benefits from the technical support of ATC groupe, partner of the 13th Biennale de Lyon

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Works


La vie moderne

LET’S GO! (Black), Création Biennale 2015

Anthea Hamilton has constructed a true miseen-scène: her Fruity Seatings double up as sculptures and pieces of furniture. They are an invitation to relax, as are the lascivious female figures against coloured backgrounds that decorate them. Anthea Hamilton’s works swing between kitsch and the sublime and they hover between sculpture and installation. Her stagings, however, are intended as scenery for what she calls “performative sculptures”. Anthea Hamilton also created a performance called Kar-a-sutra, echoing designer Mario Bellini’s evocatively named car prototype from 1972 – which consisted of a mobile environment where one could “sleep, smile, chat face-to-face, stand up, enjoy the sun, take photos, play cards, eat and drink, make love, buy a horse and a piano along the way”… Performed at regular intervals throughout the Biennale exhibition spaces by an a small group costumed as mimes, Kar-a-sutra is an out loud, mobile discussion that starts with an eminently political question: “what are your requirements for a shared living space?” Following Bellini’s utopic “mobile human space”, the members of the group picture themselves living in this potential environment – and then develop a sequence of shared gestures as a way to communicate their answers and ideas.

Courtesy de l’artiste et Robert Crumb

Venues : Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art (macLYON)

Getting there

La vie moderne

LET’S GO! (That would be great), 2015

Anthea Hamilton’s installations invite us to a place where art, fashion, trade and physical culture coexist in a permanent exchange of signs and references. For the Sucrière facade, Anthea Hamilton has created a motif composed of two black and red double bars which punctuate the background of a forest. A woman emerges from one of these bars. This sudden appearance of Robert Crumb’s emblematic figure breaks up the motif, creating an effect of surprise that interrupts the purely decorative aspect of the image.

With the support of CIC Lyonnaise de Banque, official partner of the 13th Biennale de Lyon; the British Council, London, and Fluxus, London. The facade artwork is also supported by the Club de la Biennale de Lyon and benefits from the technical support of ATC groupe, partner of the 13th Biennale de Lyon

Courtesy de l’artiste et Robert Crumb

Venues : La Sucrière

Getting there

La vie moderne

Kar-a-sutra, 2015

Anthea Hamilton created a performance called Kar-a-sutra, echoing designer Mario Bellini’s evocatively named car prototype from 1972 – which consisted of a mobile environment where one could “sleep, smile, chat face-to-face, stand up, enjoy the sun, take photos, play cards, eat and drink, make love, buy a horse and a piano along the way”… Performed at regular intervals throughout the Biennale exhibition spaces by an a small group costumed as mimes, Kar-a-sutra is an out loud, mobile discussion that starts with an eminently political question: “what are your requirements for a shared living space?” Following Bellini’s utopic “mobile human space”, the members of the group picture themselves living in this potential environment – and then develop a sequence of shared gestures as a way to communicate their answers and ideas.

Venues : La Sucrière

Getting there



Gallery
Anthea Hamilton 8 photos
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© Blaise Adilon

Anthea Hamilton
LET’S GO! (Black) - Création Biennale 2015
La vie moderne | Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art (macLYON)
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© Blaise Adilon

Anthea Hamilton
LET’S GO! (That would be great) - 2015
La vie moderne | La Sucrière
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© Blaise Adilon

Anthea Hamilton
Kar-a-sutra - 2015
La vie moderne | La Sucrière
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© Blaise Adilon

Anthea Hamilton
Kar-a-sutra - 2015
La vie moderne | La Sucrière
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Anthea Hamilton
Vulcano Table - 2014
La vie moderne | Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art (macLYON)
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© Blaise Adilon

Anthea Hamilton
Leg Chair (Cigarette legs) - 2014
La vie moderne | Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art (macLYON)
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© Blaise Adilon

Anthea Hamilton
Fruity Seating - 2012
La vie moderne | Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art (macLYON)
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© Blaise Adilon

Anthea Hamilton
Fruity Seating - 2012
La vie moderne | Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art (macLYON)