Arthur
Eskenazi

Studio:
1 place de Lorette
Fr-13002 Marseille

BIOGRAPHY

 

Arthur Eskenazi was graduated from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Paris in 2012 and hold a MA in dance and performance from the Centre Chorégraphique National of Montpellier in 2015. Arthur Eskenazi is both a visual artist and a performer, working with theater and dance companies, as actor, schenographer or playwriter. His work has been part of exhibitions in France, Germany and Japan ; he has also been invited to dance or performance festivals. Arthur Eskenazi co-founded the BAM Festival in 2018, dedicated to dance and theater, in Bamako (Mali).

Born in 1987, Paris.

www.arthureskenazi.com

Arthur Eskenazi’s work is structured according to the logics of iteration, repetition, and rearticulation. He applies these logics to all the material he incorporates into his movement performances: language, clothing, news media footage, pop music, his own body language. Like moving, tactile collages, his performances are studies in adjacency that operate on several aesthetic registers simultaneously. Yet this profusion of elements does not create an environment of uncontrolled semiotic dissemination; his work is not messy. It is highly rigorous without either producing or sanctioning a predominant conceptual position. Watching Eskenazi’s performances, the first question that comes to mind is, “What does the body mean?” The truth is that the body itself does not mean. Instead, it functions like a container for all the elements Eskenazi draws into formal and affective relation. The body as capter of sense, the body as threshold, the body as support, or that which maintains the myriad contradictions Eskenazi sets in motion before the viewer. This understanding of the body comes from an encounter between film critic Serge Daney and the artist, a moment in which Eskenazi understood the breakdown between authenticity and rhetoric. It became impossible to know whether Daney was speaking to an audience or inventing for an audience: Daney did to language (in language) what the body does to language. Eskenazi’s practice is grounded in this insight about the relationship of language to the body, and especially the moving, performing body that exhausts itself in its attempt to hold all the contradictions language produces. There is no guaranteed meaning in his work because it revolves around the way meaning drifts and is caught by the body.

 

Natasha Marie Llorens

This Loc/Slow/Low Commotion

Arthur Eskenazi, This Loc/Slow/Low Commotion, performance, as part of the exhibition “Vos désirs sont les nôtres”, Triangle France, Marseille, 2018.

Il existe des écarts non résolus, appuyez sur n’importe quelle touche

Arthur Eskenazi, Il existe des écarts non résolus, appuyez sur n’importe quelle touche, performance, work in progress, 2018/2019.

 

Bazin, performer and dramaturge, with Tidiani N’Diaye, 2017.

Note on TV #2

Arthur Eskenazi, Note on TV #2, video as part of Labor Zero Labor, Triangle France, Marseille, 2016.