Artist Statement

I am totally absorbed and impelled to feel and nurture the consciousness of being. Its invisible presence like an elusive shadow has fascinated me since childhood, before I could even name it.

 

My work has slowly become an endeavor to reveal the invisible by unveiling what is felt beyond forms. It aims to bind with all that exists and further my understanding of this connection to make a statement which is the most truthful.

In doing so, the presence of my body has become the essential substance of my performances. Each time I have to break my narcissistic shell and to abandon any “act of heroism” to be able to return to the larger Self and bare others.

Realizing that this is not building but shedding the irrelevant, I attempt to offer intimate experiences of consciousness, observing how to be silent and hoping to transcende one day the limits of the expressible.

BIO

Born in Geneva, Switzerland, Isabelle Derigo has devoted herself to Performance Art, since 2008 and often includes conceptual installations within her Performance Pieces.  During her many trips to the United States, India and Australia, Isabelle, has explored « the cultures of the soul » and experimental art to develop a unique genre that incorporates yoga as an artistic medium which from now has been inscribed in Art History.

Since 2001, Isabelle has been working on an Artist's Book, The Yoke, the origin of the word is taken from a yoga term and means union. This is composed of five series of photographed performances, representing asanas (positions) created in different environments, The Yoke is the written and pictorial account of the five dimensions of consciousness specific in child development  from 2 to 7 years old. These dimensions deepen and snake throughout adult life.

 

Inspired directly by her personal experiences of consciousness, Isabelle's performances resonate with her audience through ritualized gestures. The true life experiences, put the audience at the heart of the action in a totally introspective way that allows change and transforms what has been learned into new perspectives.

 

Currently, in response to the present state of contemporary art, Isabelle has created a new artistic treatise: Poubellism. Refusing to participate in creating more consumption, Poubellism utilizes only used materials and those rejected as unfit. In creating new values, Poubellism reveals the deep meaning of eternal beauty beyond appearance.. Distancing itself from being labeled an art of recycling, Poubellism transforms the meaning of things and compliments Isabelle's work on consciousness in which the notion of time plays a determining role, in the creation of art, its immateriality and  presence.

 

Isabelle has participated in over fifteen solo exhibitions as well as numerous international group shows. In addition each year she exhibits her work in Greece, where she now lives. She has participated in several Art Fairs including Puls'Art at Le Mans, in France, in 2018 and 2019. Her work is part of a number Collections including that of the FIAA, Fonds International d'Art Actuel du Mans. Isabelle has contributed to various publications, and was registered on the Artsy art platform in 2020.

Solo Exhibitions & Performances

2021 Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all..., exhibition, Town Hall of Syros, Greece.

2020 Sexy Plexy kai Plastiki, exhibition, Plastico Gallery, Syros, Greece.

2019 Iconic Mantra, with Salvatore Cultrera, Performance Piece, LIF festival, Greece.

2018 Alive Memory, Performance Piece, LIF festival, Sikinos, Greece.

2016 Yantra a Fragmented Totality, exhibition-performance, GalleryAndata Ritorno Geneva, Switzerland.

2016 Moi-Ghost, exhibition-performance, Gallery Kugler, Geneva, Switzerland.

2016 Out Loud, performance, Unwrap the present, Bern, Switzerland.

2015-2016 Taste Your Taste,  five dinner-performances on the five sens, Geneva, Switzerland.                  

2015  Kill Me Inside, exhibition-performance, Gallery Espace L, Geneva. Switzerland.

2014  Moi-Femme… Moi-Peau, exhibition-performance, Orisa Studio, Geneva, Switzerland.

2014 Exit, performance, Emergency 2, Art center Kugler, Geneva,  Switzerland                                                 

2013 The Yoke, exhibition, Corbel Gallery, Paris, France.

2012 The Yoke, exhibition, Walter Keller Gallery , Zurich,  Switzerland.                                                      

2012 Mandala My Love, exhibition, L’Horloge Gallery , Geneva, Switzerland.                                                   

2011 The Yoke, exhibition, Corbel Gallery, Paris, France

 

Group Shows

2019 Breathe In...Breathe Out, video work, Alive in the Universe by Caroline Wiseman, The Art House                                        Aldeburgh, off Biennale Venice, Italy.

2017 Catchrecycled, installation, Ferme Sarasin, Grand-Saconnex, Switzerland.

2014 Exit, performance, gallery B, Betton- Rennes, France.

2014 Respirez Verre, installation, Arte Fact, Satigny, Switzerland.

2012 An Organized Chaos: Mondrian and the Flower of Life, La Mansarde Gallery , Veyrier, Switzerland.

2011 The Yoke, as part of PURE, Bailly Contemporary Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland.

2010 Mandalas et Moi, La Primaire Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland.

 

Art Fairs

2020 SWISSARTEXPO, Zurich, Switzerland.

2018-2019 Puls'Art, le Mans, France.

2012 The Yoke, FOTOFEVER, Brussels, Belgium. 

2012 The Yoke, FotoFreo, Perth, Australia.

Collections 

2019 Collection Lucien Ruimy at FIAA, Fonds International d'Art Actuel, Le Mans, France.

2017 Private Collection of contemporary art David Brolliet, Geneva, Switzerland.

2014 Private Collection of contemporary art Robert Fehlman, Geneva, Switzerland.

2012 Private Collection of contemporary art Noga Rappaport, Geneva, Switzerland.

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