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Laurence Aegerter



The French artist Laurence Aëgerter talked about her art practice. This lecture was in association with the Laurence Sterne Trust who made this visit possible by accommodating Aëgerter as their artist-in- residence for one week in Shandy Hall, Coxwold, North Yorkshire.

In an on-going process, which oscillates between projects in public space, photography and artist’s books, Laurence Aëgerter’s work (France, 1972) addresses the permanent transformation that lies in the essence of things. She examines the archive that shapes our collective memory. Displacement and translation play an important part in her work. Accurate reconstruction coexists with staged coincidence.

Aëgerter’s field of research covers both the private as well as the public domain, from personal archives to iconic books and artworks and varying from a brothel to a castle, from the facade of a snack bar to the masterpieces in the Louvre or an underground military bunker.

She attempt to interrupt pre-established codes of reading the images and objects that pervade daily life, from clippings in encyclopedia and newspapers to karaoke video’s and art reproductions.

In exploring the multiple manifestations of historical and contemporary products of knowledge and culture, Aëgerter engages in a constant process of translation, of moving from one form to another and from one system of logic to another, searching for other potential meanings. This way can the thought of all things passing and nothing staying put can be surprisingly soothing.

Over the past years Aëgerter has exhibited in several international shows including: Le Louvre, MAMAC Nice; Amsterdam; From Here On Les rencontres de la photographie, Arles; Making Africa, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao en Quick scan II Fotomuseum Rotterdam.

Her works are included in collections of o.a.: Getty Research Center Los Angeles, The New York Public Library, The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York, and Fries Museum Leeuwarden.