Marianne went to meet the high school students, proposing to them to work around the theme of escape, while leaving them a large part of appropriation. Very quickly, this questioning turned to the future and the projection of the teenagers in the famous “world after”: to leave, to escape is good… but sometimes, it is necessary to have the courage to stay! How can we face together the problems that we are facing? How do teenagers project themselves in the world that is taking shape? What could be their way to face the ecological crisis? Each class developed different answers. In spite of a very heavy climate, a mixture of uneasiness following the confinement, of climate worries, of war… it is with benevolent, voluntary high school students, having a furious desire to get out of the water, that Marianne has developed several artistic projects.
Since September 2021, Marianne has been preparing this series of interventions which aims at a convergence of the struggles in favor of the defense of the living, of the protection of the biodiversity. Representing the mass of endangered bird species in Metropolitan France is a way to make the absence visible: via the shadows. This initiative is participative and relies on the collective, militant and poetic motivations of the “public” from public spaces, militant groups, associations and partner artistic structures. There is clearly here the will to compose with and for the common space, in the optics of a transmission… of a wonderment at the same time as of a fight: spring will not be silent!
Drop shadows, variable dimensions, 2022
Ephemeral fresco realized with stencil and white of Meudon
Participative and multi-sites work, in partnership with the Ligue de Protection des Oiseaux Grand Est
A rain of birds flies on various glass surfaces, diverting the usual anti-collision silhouettes. They are swarms of endangered bird species from Metropolitan France. The accumulation of these discrete silhouettes on the windows as well as their shadows, testifies to a massive absence.
These workshops were conducted within the framework of the Visual artists in high school program proposed by the Burgundy-Franche-Comté Region. Through this program – and with the partnership of the DRAC and the DRAAF – the Regional Council of Franche-Comté aims to arouse the curiosity and encourage the initiatives of high school students by meeting artists and discovering places of creation and artistic dissemination.
Three approaches are approached during the residency: the encounter with a work through the discovery of a creative process, the artistic and cultural practice and the construction of an aesthetic judgment. Having begun with a visit to Bien Urbain, the objective is to bring the students to discover the field of urban arts, as much through sensitivity as through practice.
Her artistic practice – performative – is influenced by critical theories, micro-sociology and civil disobedience practices. Inventing alternative uses and sensitive spaces in the “commons”, deflecting power relations, generating forms of complicity: this is what drives her approach. Gestures often discreet seek tipping points, divert, short-circuit, turn around. Marianne composes shifts or a stake in play, towards a new sensitive deal. Her work is mainly based on in situ interventions and writing feeds her posture. An approach carried out in the hope of releasing a moment of debate, a way of making emerge a latent polemical energy. These interactions try to highlight our ambivalences, to link the opposites.
Johanna Romary, Mathieu Jeanmougin, Marianne Villière