Joël Andrianomearisoa
Photo: Patrice Sour
Photo: Patrice Sour

b. 1977, Antananarivo, Madagascar

Joël Andrianomearisoa studied at the Institut Métiers Arts Plastiques before moving to Paris to study architecture at the École Spéciale d’Architecture. In France, Andrianomearisoa began to explore the visual arts, and his current artistic practice encompasses everything from video, fashion, design, and sculpture to photography, performance, and installation, often blurring the traditional boundaries between mediums.

Andrianomearisoa is perhaps best known for his textiles and highly tactile sculptural installations in which, though carefully conceived, he often allows chance to play a significant role. Concerned with love, desire, time, and the body, the artist does not shy away from exploring their darker facets. The artist says that for him “art is a space of images, objects, and human beings,” and he uses the body in a performative aspect as well as a recurring subject. The layering and repetition of often black paper, textiles, or found objects is frequently employed in order to implicate the manipulation of self and body in the context of desire and sexuality.

Andrianomearisoa’s work has been included in a number of group exhibitions, such as Flow, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2008); Fashion in Motion: Africa 2005, Victoria and Albert Museum, London (2005); and Africa Remix: Contemporary Art of a Continent, Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf (2004, traveled). He also participated in the 12th International Cairo Biennale (2010), Africa Now! (2008), the 8th Rencontres de Bamako (2009), and 9th Bienal de La Habana (2006). The artist’s solo exhibitions include A perfect kind of love, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg (2010); I don’t know how to begin, I don’t know how it will end, Aksent Gallery, Ghent, Belgium (2009); Une Histoire, Centre Culturel Albert Camus, Antananarivo (2008); and Black Out, :mentalKLINK project space, Istanbul (2007). He lives and works in Antananarivo and Paris.