Gaëlle Choisne, Luggage_astral crystal, 2023.
© Mathias Völzke, VG Bild-Kunst, Künstlerhaus Bethanien 2023, exhibition view.

Gaëlle Choisne: Temple of Love – To Hide

KfW Stiftung

Gaëlle Choisne will present the Frankfurt debut of her long-term project Temple of Love (2018-ongoing) and transform the historic Villa 102 into an art space. Gaëlle Choisne is a meticulous collector of objects acting at the margins of photography. Weaving individual memories with social observations to create eclectic installations, videos and performances. Drawing on her personal history and French-Haitian heritage, Choisne’s works often delve into themes of self-healing, spirituality and social interaction. Choisne regards her artistic practice as part of a network of ideas and people, frequently engaging in collaborations and integrating literary and scholarly allusions into her work. For Temple of Love, she takes Roland Barthes’ A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments as a starting point. The site-specific project develops with each presentation, continuously taking on new forms. Her exhibition at Villa 102 shows Temple of Love – To Hide, which was developed during her residency with KfW Stiftung at Künstlerhaus Bethanien, alongside new works from her oeuvre. Gaëlle Choisne (*1985, France/Haiti) held a KfW Stiftung scholarship from 2021-2022. Her artistic practice considers the complexity of the world and its political and cultural disorder. Choisne has exhibited in institutions such as the New Museum (New York), La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse (Montreal), 12th Havana Biennial, 13th Lyon Biennial, 13th Sharjah Biennial, Musée des Beaux-Arts (Lyon), MAMO – Centre d’art de la Cité Radieuse (Marseille), CAFA Art Museum (Beijing) and Pera Museum (Istanbul).