Minimal Sway While Starting My Way Up
As an intelligent elevator discovers the world, we get to know the invisible links between extreme heights –the mega-tall tower, speculative object and symbol for social, cultural and economical domination– and extreme depths –the deep mine, place of natural wealth extraction and colonial exploitation. As doubts, fears and desires melt in the consciousness of the elevator, existence becomes a battle to justify itself.
Stéphanie Lagarde (born in Toulouse, FR in 1982) is a visual artist and filmmaker based in Paris. Her works deal with strategies of occupation and the organization of space throughout systems of objects, languages and human beings. She exhibited in venues such as Plato Ostrava, Czech Republic; Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany; Frei_raum Q21 MuseumsQuartier Vienna, Austria; Tallinn Art Hall, Estonia; Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen, Germany; Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, Australia; Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France. Her videos have been showed in festivals such as IFFR (Rotterdam), BISFF (Beijing), Berlin Atonal, Videonale (Bonn), Transmediale (Berlin), EMAF (Osnabrück), DOKLeipzig, Kasseler Dokfest, KFFK (Koln), November Festival (London). She won the Grand Prize at BIEFF 2019 (Bucharest) and the International competition award of Short Waves Festival 2019 (Poznan, Poland).