cROSS RESIDENCY - Porto
Born in 1994, lives and works in Clermont-Ferrand, France.
Amélie Sounalet analyzes in her work our complex relationships and interactions with objects. Tools are
usually designed to extend our hand or to increase our strength, and thus make our daily tasks easier.
Architectural layouts are designed to guide bodies and optimize flows. We are connected and always
available thanks to our phones. Everything around us acts, in a more or less conscious way, on our body, our
posture, our interactions with others. However, these technological extensions of our bodies, in the words
of Marshall McLuhan, inevitably lead to amputations in other places: where we become more efficient, we
run the risk of losing our freedom to think and act. Amélie Sounalet takes a close look at these elements of
our daily life which can be as much our accomplices as vectors of deep alienation. By humorously twisting
their original use, she reveals the absurdities of a capitalist and consumerist model of society, focused on
self-performativity and illusory appearances.
This residency is developed in partnership with Saco Azul Associação Cultural / Maus Hábitos (Porto)
& Artistes en Résidence (Clermont-Ferrand).