*The “Porsche Talent Project” is just the latest chapter in the Stuttgart-based automotive manufacturer’s ongoing history of involvement in culture and the arts. Among the events supported by Porsche are the Leipzig Opera Ball and the Ludwigsburg Festival. Porsche also has long-standing co-operations with internationally renowned institutions such as the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and the Stuttgart Ballet.
written + interview Michelle Heath
Anaelle Cathala: I don't really know what or how ... I love art. I've always wanted to create. I searched through mediums, for the medium that would work for me ... but it was not particularly easy for me to find it. It has been complicated. And I did not allow myself. For me, it was always others who were the artists, not me. I did not go to an art school and I did not feel legitimate enough ... while it is only there, in art, that I feel in the right place. But I stopped trying to intellectualize all that. Just do, dare, work, try. And the tide is reversed. Nothing precise led me to this but everything has led me there.
Anaelle: I did analogue photography for many years. I love it and I need to do it all the time and everywhere. However, it is "not enough" for me. I do not feel I am purely a "photographer." Since the beginning I have been working to do something else with these images. Project them, paint them ... I try to use them in many different forms and methods of my work. For the moment, this collage collection is my most accomplished and personal work. Working in collage interests me with its notion of infinite possibility. I am really caught up with the idea of ecreating new realities, new spaces, new dimensions. I sometimes even feel like just putting things in their place, putting my finger lightly on the gift of ubiquity, of being everywhere at once.
Anaelle: The first collages I made were not just with my photos but with images cut from magazines. However, it wasn’t the right fit for me and I did not find what I wanted. The approach did not suit me. The rendering did not suit me. Then one day, I realized that I had all the necessary material in my hands. You do not always immediately see what is so obvious … All the photos in this first series of collages were made prior to the idea of making ollages with them. So, there was no influence on them when they were taken. And I will continue to do it that way. At least in a conscious way! I prefer to continue taking photos in an instinctive way, as I always did, and then to create my collage artwork afterwards.
Anaelle: Because these are areas that fascinate me. I have always been fascinated by architecture and urbanism. I live in an urban environment; therefore, I am necessarily fed by it from my confrontation with it every day. This really raw aspect pleases and touches me. Just as much as nature. And I like to confront them. I see obvious connections between all of this. In the sensations that it can provide.
Anaelle: I do not really think about what I want to communicate. But I think it's just my relationship to life and things. A precise notion of reality that I question a lot. Personally, almost everything seems unreal. And these collages with these unreal and flawed universes become precisely and extremely coherent. That's what I like.
Anaelle: My images come from everywhere and from a lot of different moments! Absolutely everything is mixed!
Anaelle: Sometimes I think about this type of work but I don't yet know at all when or how ... It's at the research stage for the moment.
Anaelle: I moved to Paris at the age of 21 because I have always loved this city. Because I love big cities. I don't feel right in small towns. I need to be in a big city that is teeming with either nature, space, or emptiness. No half-measures. Ideally, I need it all alternately, for my work and for my mental health! The artistic scene is not directly what made me settle here but it is part of the package.
Anaelle: I will, of course, continue to develop and work in depth on my collages because I have really found myself in this activity. Other series are under way. I also have a series of paintings of my own pictures in progress. I am very attracted by installation, video ... in short, my brain is bubbling with ideas; it will have to work it all out. I think we must attempt to remain free to do what we want. And try. All that we want to. I am now represented by the ALB Anouk le Bourdiec Gallery in Paris and that brings about great upcoming events. Physically, I want to move around and travel anywhere and as soon as possible and, if it is for exposure, it would be fabulous!
The exhibition is organized by Donna De Salvo, Deputy Director for International Initiatives and Senior Curator, with Christie Mitchell, curatorial assistant, and Mark Loiacono, curatorial research associate.
written Mikal Shkreli
Alban E. Smajli
Courtesy the artist