Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster

Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster was born in 1965 in Strasburg, France. She became known in the 1990s for her “portraits” and “rooms,” interiors that place the construction of biographical or dystopian scenarios at the heart of her art. She 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.

Her work was included in the exhibitions 'Prima Materia' (2013-15), 'Luogo e Segni' (2019) and 'Untitled, 2020' (2020) at Punta della Dogana.