Geology of memory
The more we dig into our memory,
the more it looks like a mountain to climb...
Mural at Kampong Glam, Muscat Street, Singapore
Novel, 96 pages, Arléa Publishing
Collection 1er Mille, 2009
How do you exit life when you have loved it so much ? This is a story about a facetious old Irish lady who is forced to leave her home and her past life behind. Abandoning all reason she is nevertheless obliged to take a step towards her final address in the midst of watchful eyes and anxious family members. Here commences an honest and ironic face to face with solitude, past memories and physical dependency while in the background looms her hunger for freedom and a life that she refuses to give up....
"De ma naissance irlandaise, j’ai gardé le goût des grands espaces, des landes dévastées, des ciels lavés par la mer, des nuages gris au goût de sel.
J’ai atteint un âge presque canonique, beaucoup trop avancé pour que la décence m’interdise d’en faire part, bien qu’au fond cela me soit complètement égal."
Le secret de Xinmei
Children book, 35 pages
Xinmei is a young Miao girl. Every night, she has the same dream... this secret dream which she shares with her younger brother Shun and an encounter with the village witch, Lao Li, takes the children on an adventure filled with poetry and a quest for justice. At the end of their journey Shun and Xinmei will discover that a mother's love is stronger than anything else and will never die.
"Je m'appelle Xinmei, j'ai dix ans. Le village où je vis se trouve perché au sommet des grandes montagnes Miao. Quand le ciel devient gris et que le brouillard descend, j'ai parfois l'impression que je pourrais toucher les nuages."
This book had been translated in Mandarin
STILL ON / SOON TO COME...
Rules of Engagement
22 November - 24 November 2019
The Substation, 45 Armenian Street, Singapore
28 November 2019 - 10 January 2020
Alliance Francaise, 179 Wireless Rd, Lumphini, Pathum Wan District, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
Geology of Memory
July 2019 to July 2020
A site-specific Street-Art Project
Muscat Street, Singapore
Hélène Le Chatelier
Hélène Le Chatelier studied Art in Paris at l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Appliqués et des Métiers d’Art, Olivier de Serres, where she graduated in Fine Art Fresco painting with honours. Since her first exhibition in Paris right after her graduation, Hélène embraced various modes of expression (painting, sculpture, photography, video, installation, writing).
Best known for her ink bodyscapes and her works with paper engaging writing, Hélène studies the influence of memory and social context on our intimate space. Her polymorphic practice explores the influence of displacement on the way we construct / deconstruct our identity, forced that we are to engage and to re-negotiate continuously with our individual and collective memory.
In this age of migration and globalization overwhelmed by a constant flow of data, where human relationships are caught between our irreconcilable needs for both security and freedom, Le Chatelier's work exposes the volatility, the fragility and the liquid aspect (elusive, leaking, escaping, unstable) of human bonds even with oneself. She questions the paradox between the incongruity of language and the need to label and define the untold, the unsaid, the not represented here or the not represented yet. She talks about transition, movement, transformation, highlighting the representation of our indeterminate and transitional state as a constant of our human condition.
Her work entered the MaGMA collection, the NPE collection, the Thaillywood / Taittinger Foundation collection as well as numerous private collections accross Europe and Asia.
Her public art installation had been selected for SEA Focus 2019, a STPI project at Gillman Barracks, Singapore.
She also recently started La Disparition, an Art and Science project conducted in collaboration with the Mechano-Biology Institute of Singapore / CNRS to question the concept of disapapearance.
Hélène had been invited to be an artist-in-residence at NPE Print Residency, Singapore (April to June 2017) and at Thaillywood Contemporary Art Residency, Thailand (september 2015 to march 2016).
Her solo exhibitions include Beyond the Surface (2017), Intersections, Singapore; Naked Memories, Intimacy (2015), White Space, Bangkok, Thailand; Naked memories (2014), Intersections, Singapore.
Her recent group exhibitions include Here, Somewhere, totally else... (2018-19) in collaboration with FUJIFILM, Singapore; Fiction of Precision (2017), curated by Euginia Tan, Art Galleries Association of Singapore; Flash of Memory, Memory Lapse (2017), La Lanta Fine Art, Bangkok, Thailand; Archives of the Discarded (2016), 5th Singapore International Photography Festival; The Broken Shreds of us (2016), STPI, Singapore; Into internal Landscapes, Dreamscapes, Form Space Atelier, Seattle and White Box, New York, USA (...)
Hélène had spent a great deal of time in France and in Ireland. She currently lives and works in Singapore. Her work has been showcased in Singapore, Bangkok, Paris, Seattle and New-York.
2017 Beyond the Surface - Intersections Gallery, Singapore
2015 Naked Memories, Intimacy – White Space Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand. Curator : Marie-Pierre Mol
2014 Naked Memories – Société Générale Gallery, Singapore. Curator: Intersections Gallery
SELECTED GROUP SHOWS
Geology of Memory - a site-specific Street-Art Project, Muscat Street, Kampong Glam, Singapore
Noise Giffest - Gillman Barracks, Singapore
SEA Focus – a STPI project part of the Singapore Art Week – Our Forest, a site specific installation at Gillman Barracks, Singapore
Here, Somewhere, totally else... – Duo exhibition with JY Deng, in collaboration with FUJIFILM – Intersections Gallery, Singapore
Scents of Asia - With Nicola Anthony, Marc Nair, Eddie Botha, Pang, Tania Nasr, Soe Soe, Claire Deniau – Intersections Gallery, Singapore
Fiction of Precision - Curated by Euginia Tan, event organized by Art Galleries Association Singapore
Writescape – Trio Exhibition with Kwanchai Lichaikul and Uten Mahamid - YenakArt Villa, Bangkok, Thailand
Scents of Singapore – With Nicola Anthony, Marc Nair, Eddie Botha, Kavita Issar Batra, Pang, Ma Dame, Tania Nasr and Jalayla Jalil – Intersections Gallery, Singapore
Folds of Mind – With Deusa Blümke – NPE Art Residency, Singapore
Flash of Memory / Memory Lapse – With Kwanchai Lichaikul and Uten Mahamid – La Lanta Fine Art Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand
White Box, non profit Auction – Curated by Lara Pan – 329 Broome St #1, New York, NY, USA
Residency Unlimited Non Profit Auction – Curated by Nathalie Angles – Paddle 8, New York, NY, USA
Broken Shreds of Us – Collaboration for Syv Bruzeau's Butoh Performance in Shinro Ohtake's exhibition Paper - Sight at STPI Creative Workshop & Gallery, Singapore
Archives of the Discarded – 5th Singapore International Photography Festival – Intersections Gallery, Singapore
Into Internal Landscapes, Dreamscapes... – Duo Exhibition with Uten Mahamid – Form Space Atelier, Seattle, USA
Returning – Collaboration / Installation with Calvin Pang – Intersections Gallery, Singapore. Curators: Daryl Goh and David Chew
Autographic Matter, InkMagination II – Intersections Gallery, Singapore – Curators: Daryl Goh and David Chew Voilah festival organised by the Institut Français and the . . . French Embassy in Singapore – With Calvin Pang, Syv Bruzeau and June Lee Yu Juan
Art Paris 2016 – Grand Palais, Paris, Intersections Gallery
Small is Beautiful ! – Intersections Gallery, Singapore. Curator: Marie-Pierre Mol
InkMagination I – Intersections Gallery, Singapore. Curator : Marie-Pierre Mol – Voilah festival organised by the Institut Français and the French Embassy in Singapore – With . Syv Bruzeau and June Lee Yu Juan
Collaboration / Performance with Syv Bruzeau (Butoh dancer) – Société Générale Gallery, Singapour
Frescoe and Mural – Interdec Asia, Singapore
Maison et Objets: selected items for the exhibition “Spirit of the House” organized by independent trends research companies on “Maison et Objets” fair in Paris (selected . . by both Elizabeth Leriche and Croisements)
Le Corps Mémoire – Group exhibition, Town Hall of 6th Arrondissement, Paris, France
2017 NPE (National Photo Engravers) Art Residency, Singapore, invited Artist
2015-16 Thaillywood Contemporary Artist Residency – Chon Buri, Thailand – Foundation Marie and Hugues Taittinger – http://www.thaillywood.org/helene-le-chatelier/
BBPS Private Limited, Singapore
Lianhe Zao bao SG, Crossroads columns, 11 Mar 19
Cobo Social, Repositioning the Singapore Art Scene: out of the chaos, opportunities arise, 31 Jan 19
Blouin Artinfo, "Folds of Mind" at NPE Art Residency, 7 Jul 17
Artitude, Folds of Mind: an exhibition with a new perspective, 19 June 17
Art Republik #14, Fired up, page 88, March-May 17
SAGG (Singapore Art and Gallery Guide), Hélène Le Chatelier: Beyond the Surface
Le Petit Journal de Singapour, Voyage intérieur au-delà des apparences avec Hélène Le Chatelier, "Beyond the Surface", 6 June 17
Women and Career, Guest Series Singapore with Hélène Le Chatelier, youtube Channel Women and Career, 31 May 17
BAM! Bangkok Art Map, Mar 17
Deck, Journal of Photography #1, Singapore
Intersection, Feature Interview: Autographic Matters, Pang, June Lee Yu Juan & Hélène Le Chatelier, 13 Jul 16
Plateform Online Magazine, Beyond the Surface, Internal Landscape, Jun 16
Business Times, Using words devoid of Meaning, 17 Jun 16
Blouin Art Info, Contemporary Aesthetics meet Chinese Tradition at Intersections, 17 May 16
Artabazos, The Art Fair Magazine, Issue #1 Art Paris.
Bangkok Post, Thailand (November)
Vous m'en direz des nouvelles – Cultural Program of Radio France International, 20 October 14
Marianne – France, September 09
Le Masque et la Plume – France Inter Radio, 25 Sept 09
Ouest France – Sept 09
The Irish Times – Interview
Image Interiors – Interview, Sept-Dec 09 (Ireland)
Elle Décoration – May 06 (France)
Résidences Décoration – Issue #65 (France)
Art et Décoration – Nov-Dec 05 (France)
Cosmopolitan – May 05 (France)
Glamour (Vogue Group) – Ap 05 (Germany)
Marie-Claire Idées – Summer 05 (France)
Résidences Décoration – Issue #61 (France),
Madame Figaro – Mar & May 05 (France)
Elle Décoration exceptional issue – Special Trends 05 (France)
Folie Pure – Issue #10 (Russia, France)
Live it – Spring 04 (UK, US, Japan, France)
Marie-Claire Maison – Issue #389
Résidences Décoration – Issue #54 (France)
Le Moniteur des travaux publics et du bâtiment – Issue #4913 (France) : Interview about fresco
WRITING & PUBLISHING
2016 Autographic Matters, Intersections Gallery
2014 Publishing of Le Secret de Xinmei in Mandarin
2013 Publishing of Le Secret de Xinmei, Children literature, Publisher: Couleurs de Chine – Art+ Shanghai Gallery, Shanghai, China
2009 Publishing of Dernière adresse, novel, Publisher: Arléa, France
LECTURES AND ARTIST TALKS
Experimentation and Crossed fields in Arts, Search and Question the World Lecture for Raffles Design Institute students, Singapore
Meet up and Signature Le Secret de Xinmei, Serangoon Garden, Singapore
Archives of the Discarded, Public talk at Intersections Gallery, Singapore
Archives of the Discarded, for Singapore Art Museum Docents Guides
Creativity in Art & Design, Change your perspective Lecture for Raffles Design Institute students, Singapore
What are the main components of an artisitc approach ? Lecture for NUS engineering students
Meet up and Signature at Parenthèses Bookshop, Hong Kong for Dernière Adresse and Le Secret de Xinmei
Singapore, Memory Paths - Writing and Creation Workshops, Alliance Française in Singapore
Meet up and Signature at Société Générale Gallery, Singapore
Book Launch Le Secret de Xinmei, Art+ Shanghai Gallery, Shanghai China
Lecture en tête, Festival of First Novel, Laval, France
Festival Hors-Limite, Aulnay-sous-Bois, France
Meet up and Signature in Dublin, Ireland for Dernière adresse
1998 AFEDAP, Paris – Specialized Wall Frescoe Degree
1993-96 Ecole Nationale des Arts Appliqués et des Métiers d'Art (Olivier de Serres), Top 2 French Arts School, - Fine Art Degree (BA), with Honours, Specialisation in Frescoe
1992 Baccalauréat - “A1” Level in Literature and Mathematics, with Honours