Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster was born in 1965 in Strasburg, France. In 1987, she graduated from the l’École du Magasin at the Centre National d’Art Contemporain in Grenoble, and continued her studies at the Institute des Hautes Études en Arts Plastiques in Paris. She currently lives and works between Paris and Rio de Janeiro. Gonzalez-Foerster belongs to the generation of French artists – among them, Philippe Parreno and Pierre Huygue – who in the 1990s distanced themselves from art that centred on the object, and instead focused on creating scenarios and evoking suggestive atmospheres; in doing so, they reformulated the dynamics on which an exhibition is generally based. With vast knowledge of cinema, literature and modernist architecture, Gonzalez-Foerster places sound and light at the centre of her installations. Her work also concentrates on transforming public and private spaces, through site-specific installations, into socially unifying places: she observes how spaces change our behaviour and alters our collective memory and personal perception.
Recent exhibitions dedicated to her work include those at Gallery 303, New York (2014), Palacio de Cristal, Madrid (2014) and Dia Art Foundation, New York (2009). In 2008 she occupied the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern, London, with her installation TH. 2058. A version of this installation called Raining (2012), featuring only its sound, was presented at Punta della Dogana in the exhibition “Prima Materia” (2013-15).