Born in 1977 in Antananarivo, Madagascar, Joël Andrianomearisoa lives and works between Paris and Antananarivo. He is a graduate from the École Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris, and his work explores many disciplines, from fashion to design, video to photography, scenography to architecture, installations to visual arts. Andrianomearisoa’s work has been shown, among others, at the Maxxi in Roma, the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin, the Smithsonian in Washington and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. He is represented by galleries Sabrina Amrani (Madrid), Primo Marella (Milan) et Rx (Paris).
Rubis Mécénat cultural fund supports Malagasy artist Joël Andrianomearisoa for the Madagascar Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale. This support takes place in the context of Rubis Mécénat cultural fund’s new socio-cultural project initiated in Antananarivo, Madagascar: Ndao Hanavao.
For the first time in its history, Madagascar will take part in the Venice Biennale, from 11 May to 24 November 2019. Joël Andrianomearisoa was chosen to represent his country alongside curators Rina Ralay Ranaivo and Emmanuel Daydé.
Joël Andrianomearisoa’s work has developed over time through different mediums and materials. In recent years, his creations have often been made from textiles, paper, sometimes wood, minerals, or from unexpected objects (mirrors, perfumes, stamps etc.) with which he reinvents magic and causes the emotion. This “aesthetic emotion”, often sought and rarely achieved, and which is beyond comment. At the Biennale di Venezia it is likely that the drama will hide in the folds of a black paper cascade, ultimately enveloping each of the visitors in the cloak of a light-filled spirit.