Graduated in 2005 from the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Lyon, Maxime Rossi (b. 1980, lives and works in Paris) likes to provoke collisions between universes, which at first glance have nothing in common. Generating perilous yet subtle splits, such a modus operandi allows him to be part of a poetry of language, where semantics and art history are constantly roughed up, not without humor.
With "Sister Ship", Maxime Rossi proposes a new step of his major project inspired by Sister Corita Kent (1918-1986), an American nun who left orders in 1968, known for her contribution to pop culture. Since the 1960s, Sister Corita has actually developed an artistic practice in producing printed posters that interweave advertising slogans, song lyrics and religious verses. Inspired by this non-standard character, Maxime Rossi offers a dynamic expanded cinema installation, including a spatialized video in the Halle des Bouchers as well as colorful scenic décor elements. This quirky musical combines the sequences of a documentary film entitled Pygmées Blues (2013) shot along the Congo River, accompanied by a soundtrack made of the musical transcription of a book about Sister Corita, played by African musicians and sung by French singer Emma Daumas.