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. In 2019, he represents the first pavilion of Madagascar at the Venice Biennale (Italy), with the support of Rubis MécénatHe is represented by galleries Sabrina Amrani (Madrid) and Primo Marella (Milan).

As part of its commitment to contemporary art in Madagascar, Rubis Mécénat continues its support for the artist Joël Andrianomearisoa, after having accompanied him in the adventure of Madagascar’s first pavilion at the Venice Biennale of Art in 2019. In collaboration with the Centre des monuments nationaux, the cultural fund gives a “carte blanche” to Joël Andrianomearisoa to take possession of the Towers and Ramparts of Aigues-Mortes in 2021, as part of the Africa2020 Season. Rubis Mécénat’s support takes the form of a production aid, the production of an experimental short film, as well as the editing of “sentimental objects” and the publication of a monograph.
In the exhibition “Brise du rouge soleil” (Sun-Red Breeze), the artist presents a series of works, along the ramparts and from tower to tower, which will evoke his world and the history of the monument. These will include textile works, sculptures, metal structures placed along the parapet walk and more. The result of research work and several study trips, the artist was inspired by the memory of the ancient port city open to the Mediterranean, with its lagoon and the salt marshes, materials from the Camargue and elsewhere, as well as the writings of the Malagasy poet Maurice Ramarozaka.
The exhibition also unveils an original triptych created by the artist at the Ndao Hanavao laboratory, a socio-cultural program around social design initiated by Rubis Mécénat in Madagascar in 2018, and the experimental film “La Nuit Dernière” (Last Night), directed by Alexander Murphy, co-written with Joël Andrianomearisoa and produced by Rubis Mécénat.

Useful informations:
« Brise du rouge soleil »
« Carte blanche » to Joël Andrianomearisoa
Until 26 September 2021 at the Towers and Ramparts of Aigues-Mortes
In collaboration with the Centre des monuments nationaux