Statement

Statemment

Graduated from the École des Beaux Arts de Bordeaux, Noémie Keren draws on various areas related to alternative thoughts, irrational phenomena that she finds in art history, mythologies, New Age beliefs, sciences, languages, philosophies, fairytales... Noémie Keren is positioned as heiress of Starhawk, Jodorowsky and the eco-feminism movements. She tries through her work to become the household witch : using washing powder to draw big size symbols on the floor, the performances are witchcraft rituals. Engaged in a fight for all the living, using toxic washing powder is a provocation to all this daily acts who seems without consequences. Plants find also a famous place in her artistic pratice : collection's objects, alive but captured in the greenhouse and in our houses, the point is to think about our relationship to this unroots.

Work


Spell Bombing, performance

I'm a household witch, I've got power and I use it.
Spell Bombing, February 16th 2019, Tribunal de Grande Instance, Bordeaux.
"Witches are reenchanting the world", white embroidery on black felted wool.

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We are the ancestors of tomorrow

Spell, natural dyeing, embroidery, wood. Spring 2019.

Flight

Photographic diptych, performance trace of Flight. Spring 2019.

Zugarramurdi

Series of pictures taken during my pilgrimage to Zugarramurdi, March 21, 2019, to honor the memory of women accused of witchcraft.

Paleo-Spiritism

Series of ink drawings on paper.

Spell Bombing, performance

I'm a household witch, I've got power and I use it.
Spell Bombing, January 20th 2019, Women's walk, Bordeaux.
When will we refind the memory of the Gynecide ? How long will we accept to see the profusion of logos showing the pollution everywhere around us, as if this logos were protecting ourself and were and made the dangerousness of our environment more acceptable? Could we nuance our conception of the standard? Could we connect our struggles? All our magic wand, reenchant the world!

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NWWO

Ritualized conference in the city of Bordeaux. The intention is to give the opportunity of reviving a historical awareness of a mortifying phenomenon often relegated to the background, the witch hunt. www.nwwo.fr

Pictures : C. H. P.

Enauratge de Matror, video

https://vimeo.com/303464512

Collaboration with the artist Gaëtan Chrétien, Enauratge de Matror. This video put the spectator in a witchcraft ritual. We see a witch working in an old and dark basement, the scene is sometime suspended by slow time where we can see the artist drawing a bird using washing powder. The ritual meant to realize the fly to Matror, which is an occitan traditionnal celebration, almost as Halloween. Between dream and reality, the bird shape finally appears.

Performance, costume and accessories - Noémie Keren
Music, realisation and video editing- Gaëtan Chrétien

Lugnasad, video

This short video shows how Noemie Keren is using the washing powder to draw on the floor during her performances.

Performance, costume, accessories, video editing - Noémie Keren
Music, realisation - Amaury Michaux

Gestation, performance

Created for the exhibition là où les sentiers naissent invited by Ymi Nigris, Gestation is a ritualised performance, during 30 minutes. On a music created by Gaëtan Chrétien, Noemie Keren draw a big symbol in front of the audience using a funnel and washing powder. The dark rug and the white washing powder are creating strong contrast, gestures are evoluating by the rythm of the draw, letting little by little a shape half-tree, half-womb appearing.

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Performance, costume and accessories - Noémie Keren
Music - Gaëtan Chrétien
Help for installation - automatisation of decor and lights - Kévin Dumas

Purification, performance

Created for the sixth edition of the Festival Récidive (September 21st-22nd 2015) and presented at the Atlantic Manufacture of Bordeaux, Purification is a ritual performance that tries to question our relationship on what is healthy in a bacterial-free and sterilized world. By achieving an immaculate mandala with laundry powder, the idea is to reconnect with the symbolic and spiritual issues that contain daily sanitizing gestures. This thirty-minute performance invites the audience to penetrate the mysteries of washable, allowing themselves to be absorbed by the concentration and precision of the gestures that the performer unfolds. In between mythological creature, and ancient priestess, Noémie Keren appears gradually in a meditative atmosphere supported by a sound created by Gaëtan Chrétien. From darkness to light, a progressive experience of contrasts, where the olfactory is solicited throughout the drawing. Purification, or a dialogue between archaic, archeological, mythological and contemporary, the healthy, the sanitized.

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Performance, costume et accessoires - Noémie Keren
Création sonore et vidéo - Gaëtan Chrétien

Vénus + MLV, installation

Vénus + MLV is an installation created during an artist residency in Oberpfalzer Künstlerhaus, Schwandorf-Fronberg, Germany, april 24th - may 29th 2015. The idea is to put in perspective a world of sain and sanitized, symbolised by the wahing machine and a world of the origins, symbolised by graphics references to prehistorics art in dark caves.

Waschmaschine trifft Venus und Maibaum
Oberpfalznetz, 21 mai 2015

Venus und die Waschmachine
Oberpfalznetz, 21 mai 2015

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Neo Wisdom Witches Ompahlos, installation

This installation tries to reveal the mirror relation between the greenhouse and the museum : in both cases, the audience can watch elements of collection, alive but captured, gathered in a dispositif of classification. Each element is named, dated, and benefits of a special space, involving a way of being for the spectator as seeing without touching. That's what Giorgio Agamben calls "sacred".

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Exhibitions

Exhibitions

Marche des femmes

Spell Bombing, performance
Bordeaux (33), January 20th 2019

Inauguration du Pays du Mat

Rituel du Mat, performance
Ferme de Quincé, Rennes (35), October 8th 2018

Festival du Mouton Ivre

Nidification, performance
Gensac (33), June 16th-17th 2018

Là où les sentiers naissent

Exhibition currated by Ymy Nigris,
L'Artelier, Tarbes (65), March 3rd 2017.

Artist residency

Mixeratum Ergo Sum ,
Halle des Chartrons, Bordeaux (33), February 17th - March 3rd 2017.

Festival Récidive

La Manufacture Atlantique,
Bordeaux (33), September 21st-22nd 2015.

After Puls Art #5

Centre d'art de l'île MoulinSart,
Fillé-sur-Sarthe (72), June 6th and 7th 2015.

Artist residency

Oberpfalzer Künstlerhaus,
Schwandorf-Fronberg, Baviere, Allemagne, April 24th - May 29th 2015.

Les femmes s'en mêlent, Off du Festival

Association Allez Les Filles, 9 rue teulère,
Bordeaux (33), March 18th-28th 2015.

Performance Le Grand Rite

Inauguration du tome Menu de nuit de Chemin Faisant, Revue participative
La Chiffonne Rit, Bordeaux (33), November 15th 2014.

Exhibition Artistes et Patrimoine

Nouaison Résidence d'artistes,
Eglise de Bossugan (33), September 18th-21st 2014.

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