8th of December
13 Nov - 31 Dec 23
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
Collective Book directed by Stéphanie Lehembre
2018, 200 pages
A different Singapore, through the lens of more than 50 photographers and a dozen writers.
A collective book by nature. Multiple perspectives, diverse sensibilities and a common talent to see ART in the daily life, orchestrated to rediscover the city. SINGAPORE unplugged!
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 and abstract landscapes, 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. It also questions our interconnected link with nature and the reciprocal influence between humans and their environment.
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 as well as with nature. 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 (Singapore), the NPE collection (Singapore), the Thaillywood / Taittinger Foundation collection (Thailand), the Bernard Magrez collection (France) as well as numerous private collections across Europe and Asia.
Her public art installation has 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 disappearance.
Hélène has 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 Intimate Topographies (2021), curated by Tan Siuli, Alliance Francaise, Singapore; Geology of Memory (2021), Art Outreach, Gillman Barracks, Singapore; Unspoken Truths (2019), Ronewa Art Projects, Thaïland; Beyond the Surface (2017), Intersections, Singapore; Naked Memories, Intimacy (2015), White Space, Bangkok, Thailand; Naked memories (2014), Intersections, Singapore.
Her recent group exhibitions include Exhibition at La Grande Maison Bernard Magrez (2023), Curated by Mabille & Chaumette, Bordeaux, France; Nuages (2022), Curated by Marina Oechsner de Coninck – Spotts Gallery, Singapore; Superpositions (2021), Guest artist for Yukako Matsui's solo exhibition – My little box, Tokyo, Japan; Bus.Stop.Art (2021), Curated by Amelia Abdullahsani and Merryn Trevethan for Singapore Art Week 2o21, Singapore; 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 has 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, Tokyo, Paris, Bordeaux, Seattle and New-York.