Sylvie Bonnot has made the conquest of space her playground.
At CNES, from 2017, where she created polymorphic works from archival documents on stratospheric balloons; then in 2019, by traveling to Baikonur in Kazakhstan, to a site which was the flagship of the Soviet aviation industry.
However, what interests Sylvie Bonnot is not to account for technological prowess, but to observe what this myth of the conquest of space produces in us, what it awakens with national pride and desire for elsewhere.
Hundreds of tourists flock to the Baikonur Desert every year: the Baikonur Tour was designed to delight the eyes and the imaginations.
But where are we exactly? The site exudes artificiality as much as it feels like a movie.
In a daring face-to-face, Sylvie Bonnot plunges the viewer into the blacks and whites of her large Mues, produced from scientific archives. Their material has been transmuted by the work process of the artist who creates her own archive of the conquest of space - an artificial archive questions scientific proof by image.
Extract from the text written by Hélène Jagot
The Baikonour Tour project benefits from the support of the Drac Bourgogne - Franche-Comté by means of a Creation Grant in 2020 and assistance from the FEAC, the DRAC Guyane, for GSS, the Guyanese component of the current program, in 2021.
Ségolène Brossette Galerie
Since 2019, the gallery is located at 15 rue Guénégaud, in the 6th arrondissement of Paris. A space born from the privileged relationship that she has forged with the artists whose work she champions, a relationship based on the confidence built through a mutual desire to work together over a long term. Ségolène is committed to pursuing her plan of « giving photography and drawing the recognition they need in contemporary art. They tend to be seen as two separate media, even though they form part of a whole. » It should come as no surprise that this gallery owner, who wears many hats, has chosen to put down roots in the diverse neighbourhood of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, where design, modern art, contemporary art and primitive arts cross paths.