Promenades et explorations
This workshop is a part of a partnership with the French National Education and is elaborated with the complicity of Dominique Thouzery, pedagogical advisor Visual Arts of the district. The artist Chloé Dugit-Gros develops the project Promenades et explorations with the students of the class of CE1 of the Maurice Thorez B elementary school.
For nine three-hour sessions spread out from January to May 2011, Chloé Dugit-Gros invites the students to rediscover their city and to reinvent it. During “expedition” walks, many objects are recovered to become the materials for the sculptures made by the children. These gradually become the elements of the model of an improbable and poetic city. Allowing the children to better understand their urban environment, the workshop also allows them to unleash their imagination through the practice of drawing, photography, choreography and video. The opening of the students to other artistic practices, to archive images and videos and to work on the space layout has nourished the project over the months. The exhibition Promenades et explorations from June 6 to 16, 2011 brings together many parents who discovered their children’s work. The other students of the school are thus able to discover the fruit of their classmates’ work.
Chloé Dugit-Gros (born in 1981, lives and works in L’Île-Saint-Denis) graduated from the École régionale des Beaux-Arts de Paris in 2005. Her work is inhabited by elementary forms that she adds on paper, superimposes, re-arranges in painting, sculpture and video. The artist handles the abstraction’s vocabulary from journalistic archives or pop culture. The articulation of her artistic language takes place inside the image and the visual signal. Referring to the codes of urban cultures, her creations proceed by bringing together formal elements to compose a narrative outline.