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----------------------------------------------------....................---.CHANTAL MICHAEL INTERVIEW

CHANTAL MICHAEL

Would you introduce yourself?

Please, visit my Website. www.chantalmichel.ch

We know you use the photography, video and instalations to show your work. Why are you choose this kind of medium to express yourself?

In general I always work with myself. I am my own model, I use my own body as my material. The expression with the body always fascinated me, it is a direct acting with the moment. To embrace a room in order to explore it. I explore the room with my body and soul. The videos and photographs help me to capture my work.

In my photographs I try to bring myself into the picture that I almost fade in it. First there is always the location, an old house, a luxus hotel o a flower lawn. The location forces the action of the picture and the person becomes an item with the location. I don’t want to dominate, I rather want to become one with the location. Sometimes the person is an object, sometimes the person is surreal, sometimes she is present, sometimes she is absent.

Is the photographic image (photo and video) the best way for a contemporary artist to get an easy position in the world art?

The photograph as an piece of art is popular. Every artist is involved with different themes and it is important to find for each of them the matching technique to express themselves.

We found your work quite interesting, not only for the use of the photographic tecniques but for the concept behind those pictures. Would you explain a little bit what do you want to express in your work?

My work is very intuitive. I do not have a certain idea or concept. The main thing is to explore and to feel the room through my body. I want to create a room where objects start to live and I want to set a sign with my body within signs. I want to irritate. I want to wake up the spectator and at the same time want him to make him dream.

We saw in your website that your last performance was in 2001, why do you stop doing your performance work? Is there any reason for that ?

I never stopped with my performances. I just stopped filming them. A performance is living of the moment and the present of the subject. It is impossible to capture the moment with the camera.

How do you balance the business side of art?

Everything has a burocratic side. It is not my favorite thing to do but when I´m on my business trips aboard I feel sometimes like a real business woman.

What do you feel about internet as a platform to show your work and get bussiness? and, what is your experience within internet?

Although I hate technical things I was one of the first artists with an own homepage. For all the galleries and museums abroad it is very practical to use my homepage to see my work. I don’t need to always send everything.

How do you feel about contemporary art? ¿Do you think is there any future for young talents? And ¿what do you think it is the best way to get involve with contemporary art?

I think that for every open-minded and individual person there is a future. Especially in art there you can still find these people. People who work with strong ambition and love; I think that is all you need to be successful.

What do you like most to photograph? or in which area do you feel more comfortable?

I like to work alone. I like to be alone with the room. Listen to it. There are rooms filled with history and mystery. In my performances I find myself often in situations where I can’t be reached. I hang myself on a top of a church and watch the world from above. Then I feel great.

What artists and photographers are you influenced by, and whom do you enjoy?

In general I get influenced by people. I like people who are different and artistic who do things for what you do not need an explanation. Things that attract your emotional side.

So, what's next for you?

I won a stipendium in Paris and I will work there on my new book, and next year I will realize a new project

Thanks to Chantal for her time and patience to see this interview done. And for her interesting thoughts.






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