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Kouroupolis – UP’ magazine

Kouroupolis – UP’ magazine

Kouroupolis, visual artist Erwan Venn – Editions de l’Observatoire de l’Espace du Cnes, November 2022 – 96 pages

This work from the collection “The new stories of Space” brings together watercolors produced by the artist from the visual archives of the Guyana Space Center.

For Erwan Venn, science fiction and space adventure are cultural references acquired during his childhood and he regularly questions them in his work. His video installation Conquering Space! already in 2015 he explored the images created by space activities and proposed an ornamental representation of the Diamant project transposed into the domestic and intimate sphere.

At the suggestion of the Cnes Space Observatory, Erwan Venn embarked on creative work around documentary works that bear witness to the construction of the Guyana Space Center in Kourou in the 1960s. Without going there, he made an artistic journey through the history of this extraordinary place, which became an essential place for French space activities.
The resulting series of 88 watercolors forms a new story about the space, separate from the fascination that this environment can evoke. The artist brings an interpretation of the space adventure that, far from being illustrative, recomposes the historical image in the light of sensitivity that tends to abstraction. This book, composed as a triptych – story, work, interview – evokes the origin and progress of this project, shows its origin and explains the artist’s intentions.

Erwan Venn is a visual artist. Born in Brittany in 1967, he lives and works in Bordeaux. To a Catholic family environment rooted in tradition and imagination steeped in Breton culture, he adds the discovery, as a teenager, of new references. Science fiction and space adventure stories, reading comic books and a strong taste for post-punk music then enriched his mental universe. The history of the end of the 20th century forced itself upon him during his studies at the Beaux-Arts, especially the two falls, the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the Twin Towers in 2001.

Otherwise, exhibition of plastic artist Erwan Venn until January 2, 2023 pictorial work around the visual archives of the construction of the Guyana Space Center.
The Contemporary Art Zone aims to showcase the work of artists accepted into the auspices of the Space Observatory around creative projects that renew our relationship with space and its traces on Earth.
Lieu : Headquarters of the National Center for Space Studies 2 Place Maurice-Quentin – 75001 Paris

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