Headlands Center for the Arts

Stéphanie Solinas

France | visual
Artist in Residence Program 2018

Artist Statement

For more than ten years, I have been exploring identity: its intangibility (which we paradoxically attempt to represent) in its links with memory, the figure of the Other and its definition, and the thinking process involved with the act of “seeing.” My field of research is rooted in the 19th century and extends to the 21st century, from Alphonse Bertillon (inventor of anthropometric identification) to artificial intelligence. I anchor my work in photography, for me both a tool and an object to question, which leads me to develop experiments, systems, and produce other shapes, videos, sculptures, installations, sound pieces, editions, etc

While At Headlands

While at Headlands, I will work on The Dazzled Blind, a project I have been developing since 2014. Influenced by contemporary studies on human consciousness where spirituality and neuroscience overlap, this project explores the limits of identity, representation and reality, and the links between physical territory and the territory of mind. Following investigations in Iceland and Vatican City, at Headlands I will continue my ongoing research with Excursions: Becoming oneself that I started with the help of Institut Français/Etant donnés. I will investigate the ideas of today that are inventing the identities of tomorrow, looking at the West Coast as it is situated between the heritage of New Age beliefs and the forefront of the visionary science from Silicon Valley that is shaping our future.

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