ORLAN, performance artist from France. Photo © Courtesy of the ORLANSTUDIO
1.Tell us what you do and your beginnings.
I am ORLAN among other things, and as far as possible my name is written in capital letters because I don’t want to be lumped in, I don’t want to be lumped in like many artists. My beginnings started with painting lyrical abstraction and geometrical abstraction, sculpture, drawing and also performance.
2.What does your work aim to say?
I am an artist who is not subject to an artistic practice, a technique or a technology, whether current or ancient. What I want is to say important things for my time by questioning its social phenomena. I check all the information I can find on the I cross-check it, I analyse it, I synthesise it and then I ask myself the question in what material? In what style? What materiality? Will be the most interesting to reveal the initial concept and allow me to derange, to question this phenomenon.
For example I worked with aesthetic surgery but while using it I had implants usually put on my cheekbones to raise them on my temples which created two bumps on each side of my forehead to say how much beauty is only a question of dominant ideology here and now in a geographical and historical point and that it is all relative but we are imposed models which are for the most part unattainable.