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"In Gabrielle Le Bayon’s films landscapes, people and myths come together in 'observational' moving images that are further combined with voice-over texts from interviews and readings. This dense relationship between image and text creates thought-provoking art works, in which classical, narrative elements are combined with the filmic tradition of the ‘essay film’. In her film practice, the artist is on the search for patterns and analogies that reach deeper into the surface of the image, into a kind of ‘DNA' of places and emotions. Ancient myths, those of classic Greek as well as pagan ones, are used as poetic tools to unearth the narrative beyond what the eye can see. The intellectual rigour of Le Bayon’s thinking shows her ability to represent complex theoretical and art historical thoughts in simple images.
Le Bayon’s fascination with the subject of mythology (her films ‘Antigone Millennium’ (2012) and ‘Return’ (2014) are both based on classical Greek texts) leads her to explore the history of spiritual and political communities that functioned as an alternative to dominants mode of co-habitation. Myth is central in her work, as any autonomous social structure, which also claims new spiritual believes as their own. Le Bayon’s political subtext is also reflected in and folded into the formal aspect of her films in that they resist the kind of ‘quick-fix’ video aesthetic. One can find a political stance in the artist's interest in historical alternative living organisations. In a contemporary consumer-based world, in which homogeneity is a precondition for an efficient market ideology, Le Bayon is exploring historical areas of resistance that could serve as models for thinking about how to live in today’s context differently."
Maxa Zoller, Film Curator Art Basel, June 2015
Gabrielle Le Bayon’s fictional and semi-fictional works focus on the relationship between female representation, myth and History, exploring areas of resistance within our everyday environment. In 2017, she is awarded a Visual Art Fellowship with the Civitella Ranieri Foundation (US/ IT) and shortlisted for the Loop Barcelona Discover Award. In 2018 she is selected for Feature Expanded (HOME Manchester UK/ Lo Schermo dell'arte Firenze IT) and for G.R.E.C. (Groupe de Recherches et d’Essais Cinématographiques) curated by Clément Cogitore. She holds a BA in Film from London College of Communication (2005) and an MA in Photography from the Royal College of Art (2012). Recent screenings include MOCA Hiroshima (solo show); International Film Festival Oberhausen Seminar with LUX (UK) & Flaherty Seminar (US); Visions du Réel, Nyon CH; W139 Gallery, Amsterdam; MAMBA, Buenos Aires; The Book Society, Seoul. Her films are represented by 6×6 Project (UK) and Videocloop Archive (SP).
Les films et les installations de Gabrielle Le Bayon mêlent récit et expérimentation. Ils se centrent sur la relation entre représentation de la femme, mythe et Histoire en regard avec les zones de résistance dans notre environnement quotidien.
En 2017 elle reçoit le Visual Art Fellowship de la fondation Civitella Ranieri et est nominée au Loop Discover Award. En 2018 elle est sélectionnée à Feature Expanded (HOME Manchester UK/ Lo Schermo dell'arte Firenze IT), et elle est résidente au G.R.E.C. (Groupe de Recherches et d’Essais Cinématographiques) avec Clément Cogitore. Gabrielle Le Bayon obtient un BA Cinéma au London College of Communication (2005), et un Master Photographie au Royal College of Art (2012).
Ses films ont été montrés au MOCA Hiroshima (solo show); Visions du Réel, Nyon CH; International Film Festival Oberhausen Seminar with LUX (UK) & Flaherty Seminar (US); W139, Amsterdam; MAMBA, Buenos Aires, The Book Society, Seoul. Ses films sont représentés par 6x6 Project (UK) et Videocloop Archive (SP).