Joël Andrianomearisoa

Primae Noctis, Lugano (W1)

Joël Andrianomearisoa (b. 1977, Antananarivo; lives and works in Paris and Antananarivo)

Joël Andrianomearisoa’s work has developed over time through different mediums and materials, from textile and paper to unexpected objects. ‘The work arises from various manipulations; I know the elements that compose it, but in the instant I set them up I discover something else.’

Fabrics such as silk, cotton yarn and paper are fundamentals to Andrianomearisoa. The artist creates geometrical compositions, assigning a physical presence to the materials and strengthening the relationship between matter and form. For this project, Andrianomearisoa conceives works concerned with formal limits of space, light, colour and their interaction, while recasting Josef Albers’ research with strong and historical constructivist implications. By doing this, the artist imbues these new works with unusual parallels between the Weimar Bauhaus teachings and the use of fabric, a practice traditionally reserved exclusively to women.

Andrianomearisoa began his artistic career in the mid-1990s when he moved to France. He graduated from the École Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris in 2005. His work has been shown in many international institutions such as the Maxxi, Rome, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. and Centre Pompidou, Paris amongst others. He represented Madagascar at this year’s edition of the Venice Biennale.