Studio : Ateliers de la Ville
19 Boulevard Boisson
Amandine Guruceaga graduated from the School of Fine Arts of Marseille in 2013. The same year, she installed a public work on the Prado beach for Marseille European capital of Culture. She presented her first solo show, “Nana Benz” at Diagonales 61, curated by Pedro Morais. In 2014, she was resident at Glasgow Sculpture Studio where she produced “Wupu Beach Bang”, a solo show at Pipe Factory. When she came back, she co-funded TANK, an artist-run space in Marseille, that is both a studio and a gallery where she’s inviting other artists for exhibitions, meetings and events. In 2016, she co-curated “Raoul Reynolds, a retrospective”, a double exhibition presented at Glasgow International and la Friche la Belle de Mai. She recently showed her work at Quadrum in Lisboa and at Villa Arson for “Run, Run, Run”.
Born in 1989 in Toulouse.
Lives and works in Marseille.
Amandine Guruceaga was born in Toulouse before moving to Marseille where she is co-director of the artist-run-space TANK. Before starting her residency at the Riba Guixà leather tannery, she produced a series of works using Dutch-waxprint, the African fabric originally developed by colonists in order to strengthen trade links with the sub-Saharan nations. Over time this history has been lost… It is perhaps a notion of loss that draws the artist towards working in leather: its animal qualities seemingly erased by the tanner’s hand. In her artworks Amandine Guruceaga works the leather to the point of evanescence. Under her fingers it becomes translucent: a stained-glass window fashioned from skin. Beyond these material qualities, akin to those of the Anti-Form movement, Amandine Guruceaga’s oeuvre is a hymn to craft. Shattering classifications – between the sculptural and decorative, between heritage and renewal – the artist rejects and refutes both hierarchy and manufacturing. She posits a non-pyramidal world centred not on purchasing, but on producing.
Charlotte Cosson & Emmanuelle Luciani