From August 1, 2021, artist Gisèle Gonon will spend two months in residency at Tallinn Art Hall. Gisèle was chosen from over 100 applicants and will continue her research on agriculture, focusing on the issues related to arable land and its exploitation.
She is interested in the forms of counter-power and resistance implemented in processes of «reappropriation» in topics such as labor and agriculture. Through a multidisciplinary practice – influenced by an aesthetics of do-it-yourself from the rural and peasant environment from which she comes from – she tries to understand how capitalist systems affect individuals and the territories they invest in. Her work has been shown in various locations: Bundeskunsthalle (Bonn, 2020), gr_und (Berlin, 2020), Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei in Leipzig (2019), Art Contemporary Weekend (Bordeaux, 2019), Reinbeckhallen (Berlin, 2018) and during Residency Programs: NAC (Nida, Lituania, 2020), Factatory (Galerie Tator, Lyon, 2021).
Gisèle Gonon is currently based in Berlin, DE. She graduated with a Master in Fine Art from the École des Beaux-Arts in Saint-Étienne (ESADSE) in 2005 and she took part in the Berlin-based Goldrausch scholarship in 2018.
The residency program is organized by Tallinn Art Hall in partnership with Goethe-Institut Estland. The aim of this program is to spur artistic research and discourse in Tallinn on the topics of ecological awareness, environmental sustainability and the ethics of making art. We are especially interested in artists whose work advocates awareness, innovation, or revolution towards a better relationship with our planet and human and non-human beings.