FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16TH, 2020
CATEGORIES: #ART #DESIGN #FASHION
INTERVIEW WITH FRÉDÉRIQUE ALBERT-BORDENAVE
AUTHOR: FATOU ALHYA DIAGNE
EDITOR: MAÉVA CARREIRA
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF: TAMY EMMA PEPIN
Just recently, Frédérique was travelling from Amsterdam to Paris with Random Studio and the creative unit POlUYTRE for the conceptualization, choreography and execution of the Chloé SS21 fashion show. The live event showcased 37 contemporary Chloé women strolling down the streets of Paris making their way to the show’s finale in front of the legendary Palais de Tokyo. This multilayered event featured overlapping scenes that could be seen from a single perspective. In a similar way, this concept of plurality is a recurring theme in the Haitain-Canadian Artist and Art Director’s work. In fact, she often finds herself readjusting her lens in order to have a better view of the delimitations between space and time. Thus, although this pandemic continues to divulgue its unpredictable nature, Frédérique Albert-Bordenave’s search for a new dimension is far from over.
Following her graduation, Frédérique’s work continued to evolve as she was nominated and selected by the Amsterdam Funds for the Arts for the 3Package Deal Program practice in 2018. This program offers top talents in Amsterdam a working space, a network and a budget to develop and deliver a project within a year. During her tenure, she realized her project ” – a piece that explores the materialization of shadows as the meeting point of space and time. In fact, the work muses shadows as an alternative dimension. ” is the beginning of an insatiable research on the topics of space and time. It explores the inconvenience caused by the limitations of time and space. Those limitations led to the acknowledgement and appreciation of an alternate interpretation of time and space through shadows.
The results usually offer a possibility to investigate one subject from multiple angles which attempts to contribute to the deepening of our collective thinking.
The project ” is titled with the symbol of quotation marks to emphasise the form under which the elements are gathered. These explorations invite her audience to relate the presence of otherness to their own realities and references. “Our experiences are different yet often similar in so many ways”, she says. Frédérique also refers to her shared experiences to accumulate and juxtapose multiple elements from diverging disciplines, moments and conversations ranging from literature, music, science, philosophy and cinema. The results usually offer a possibility to investigate one subject from multiple angles which attempts to contribute to the deepening of our collective thinking.
As Amsterdam’s arts institutions are trying to become more progressive, debates about inclusivity are establishing a visible ground of opportunities and networks for creatives to interact with. The rise of Black Lives Matter has invited BIPOC artists to step in with their own conversations and platforms, introducing more varied narratives across the wider cultural landscape. Elsewhere, similar events have been pushing individuals to reflect on how they can possibly make this world a more navigable one, for the collective. In the future, she intends on continuing to own her multifaceted nature in order to explore plurality and hybridity in which things can be multiple things at once and where freedom is found as an effect.