Erika Roux is a Rotterdam based French artist. With an experimental approach to cinematic methods and observational modes of filming she investigates complexities embedded in identity and societal interactions. In her videos, she often plays with the act of embodying a character, either fictional or existing, paying attention to the fluctuations and disruptions existing within acting and constructing narratives. In her constructed scenes she is always trying to triggers the moments of becoming in which hesitations or contradictions become visible. By reinforcing these undecided and unassertive moments, she tries to propose other forms of existing in the world that can counter assertive and hyper-performative modes of being.
On her stay with Residency 11:11, Erika has been investigating work that propose different ways to use audiovisual language and writing in order to explore the relationship between subjectivity and our existence within the outside world from a female perspective.
During her evening at Hoxton 253 art project space Erika will be presenting her film Petals in the Ring alongside Scabs by artist Sophie Bates and Timanttimana (Diamond Belly) by artist Anni Puolakka, and will be reading passages from the novel The Passion According to GH by Clarice Lispector.
Petals in the Ring
HD video, 6 min 25 sec
A flower addresses us, when suddenly an indescribable feeling submerges it.
video, 16mins, 2018
A scab is one of the body's healing systems to protect what is damaged below the skin. If you were to pick a scab, whatever is below won’t heal and will keep coming back. "Scabs" is a montage of micro video clips, mostly shot POV on iPhone, which hold together moments of Sophie’s private life in a sphere of entangled anecdotes.
Timanttimaha (Diamond Belly, 2018),
HD 16:9, single channel. 11:15
Staged as a conversation with an artificial intelligence chatbot, Timanttimaha (Diamond Belly) explores love and companionship between a human artist, the bot and mosquitoes. The human offers her body as a nourishing 'baguette' to the diamond-bellied mosquitoes, envisioning their bio-chemistry in complementary with her own haematic cycle.
The Passion According to G.H.
The Passion According to G.H. (A paixão segundo G.H.) is a mystical novel by Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector, published in 1964. The work takes the form of a monologue by a woman, identified only as G.H., telling of the crisis that ensued the previous day after she crushed a cockroach in the door of a wardrobe.