Marie Ilse Bourlanges is a French artist based in Amsterdam, whose artistic practice combines tangible, performative and written matter, within collaborative and individual trajectories.
With her individual practice Marie Ilse Bourlanges research the narrative and conceptual potential of materials to express emancipated sensuality and switch power roles in a fluid manner from dominant to vulnerable : in this perspective she investigates how to translate the resilience of earth and the erotic charge of clay (Wetter than Wet, Farewell to my lover) and the embedded textual quality of textile (Stranded, Sans Réponse). Her work strives to reveal how personal emotions and intimacy can resonate collectively to transgress conventions and social status.
Recently, she experiments further with compiling and gathering fragments of records as “documentary poetry” and composes spoken performances (Mother’s Milk). With the artistic research Pollinating Agents she outlines her writing method of intuitively connecting things and thoughts together as a continuous flow from one to another, finding inspiration in other- and inter-species forms of communication and collaboration.
In 2019 Bourlanges was awarded the “Proven talent” grant from the Mondriaan Funds (NL) and the artistic research fellowship of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. In 2020 she takes part in the parallel program of Manifesta 13 in Marseille with a dual exhibition entitled Displace at 3bisF Contemporary art centre in Aix-en-Provence (FR).
Whether collective or individual, Bourlanges’ work has been exhibited among others in Looiersgracht 60 (NL), Arti & Amicitiae (NL), Kunsthalle Lottozero (IT), Korean Ceramic Biennale (KR) and Forma Art gallery (CH). In conjunction with her artistic practice, she teaches at the Royal Academy of Arts of The Hague (NL).
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