From the dawn of time, clay has been considered fundamental and precious in archaic societies. It has been present in architecture and in representations through fetishes and sculptures. Clay is an extension of the body that forms a “second body”, overmodelling or deforming it. It also grants special powers or the gift of clairvoyance to those wearing it. An earth-covered body engages in an intimate relationship with itself and with the world. Clay endows the body with a very singular presence, both in connection with itself and the gaze of others.
Olivier de Sagazan was born in 1959 in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo. He currently resides in Saint-Nazire, France.
For more than twenty years, he has combined painting, photography, sculpture and performance, creating disturbing characters wrapped up in metal and clay, melting together into a strange apocalyptic symbiosis with a wrenching set of gestures. His paintings and sculptures are visually striking and reflect a world of chaos and suffering that triggers the most dreadful nightmares. In his series of performances, Transfiguración existencial, which started in 2011, de Sagazán spreads layers of clay and paint over his whole body, transforming and dismantling his own image to reveal a human animal trying to detach itself from the physical world.
Courtesy by Olivier de Sagazan
Coproduction: Universidad Nacional de las Artes (UNA) with the support of InstitutFrançais d’ Argentine – Embajada de Francia.