“Each of my artworks is a step left behind that shows the building of oneself: wandering, passage from one stage to another, rebellion, escape, rebirth… By pursuing my research on this idea of building oneself – through thinkers including Nietzsche, Freud, Deleuze, or Jung – I naturally came to study the history of alchemy and found deep similarities with my notion of art: a quest for wisdom that goes with material experimentations. Since then, the esoteric/hermetic dimension has kept growing in my practice while I interrogate the ideas of religion and ‘belief’.”
Sandrine Llouquet makes art that is disturbing and joyful, mundane and fantastical. At the heart of her practice lies contradiction – a device she employs frequently to subvert reality and suggest new ways of seeing. Alchemy, transformation, discovery and rebirth are recurrent themes in her recent work.
Born in 1975 in Montpellier, France, Sandrine Llouquet has lived in Vietnam since 2008. She graduated from École Pilote Internationale d’Art et de Recherche – Villa Arson in 1999. A dynamic contributor to the development of contemporary art in Vietnam, she was a founding member of Wonderful District, a project that promoted contemporary art through exhibitions, concerts and theatre pieces, as well as a member of Mogas Station, a Vietnam-based artist collective. Llouquet’s work has been exhibited in numerous venues including the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, California and Tate Modern, London. She has also participated in a number of biennales with Mogas Station such as the Shenzhen Biennale (2007), the Singapore Biennale (2006) and in Migration Addicts – a collateral event of the 52nd Venice Biennale. An ambitious new project was unveiled in KENPOKU Art 2016 in Ibaraki, Japan in September 2016.