STÉPHANIE SOLINAS

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Devenir soi-même
[Becoming oneself]

On the West Coast of the USA, Devenir soi-même explores the dialogue between science and belief that is inventing the Human to come. Devenir soi-même is a set of pieces organized as a game. Its basic principle is moving forward.
Rio Buenaventura 
2017- in progress
Game for 7 players
Roulette table, photographs, videos, drawings, sculptures, maps, stones and other things
Variable dimensions
On a roulette table that once belonged to the Golden Gate casino in Las Vegas, Solinas created the Rio Buenaventura, a game which name refers to a mythical river that the first maps of the American West situated from the Rocky Mountains to the bay of San Francisco, to go from adventures to stories through images, objects and words that she gathered from mystic Sedona to Silicon Valley.

Devenir soi-même
[Becoming oneself]
Hold my breath
2019
Video installation

Variable dimensions
17’33
Hold my breath is a triangle of characters Solinas met on her 3000 miles research road trip.
/ Lynn Nadel, chairman of psychology at the University of Arizona, world reference memory specialist, reveals that we travel in our identities as we travel in space.
/ Aubrey de Grey, CEO of Sens Fondation, transhumanist who is seven questions away to solve the problem of death, evokes his ideas about God and the meaning of life.
/ Earnie Frost, Cherokee Indian Red Fire priest takes Solinas to the desert to meet the spirit of a place where Native Americans used to come to give birth.

Devenir soi-même
[Becoming oneself]


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Initiated in 2017, with the support of the French-American grant Etant Donnés / Institut Français and the Headlands Center for the Arts in San Francisco where Solinas was artist in residence in 2018-2019, Devenir soi-même is a work in progress.


L’Inexpliqué
[The Unexplained]

L’Inexpliqué considers light both as a phenomenon allowing to see as well as an intangible matter opening up to the invisible. Stéphanie Solinas investigates the concrete forms to access the spiritual - miracles and the process of their recognition as a direct point of contact between science and faith, relics, apparitions -, curious about the creative links between light, vision, incarnation, science and belief. L’Inexpliqué is a set of pieces organized as a constellation. Its basic principle is elevation.
Revenants
2018-2020
Series of 49 photographs
Variable dimensions

Revenants explores bodies as an access to the spiritual : painted, sculpted, photographed, veiled, appeared, dead, resurrected, venerated, celestial bodies ; the bodies of saints and the bodies of science. Does one need to have a body to have faith ? Where to direct one’s eyes to see the invisible ? What presences populate the sky ? Does photographing with a camera that formerly belonged to a saint change what we look at ?