Erika Roux



Born in 1991, Paris,
graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in 2014,
and the Master of Fine Arts of the Piet Zwart Institute in 2017,
lives and works in Rotterdam.


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A Couple Things (2017)

10’32”
I asked two teenagers to act through improvisation a couple in crises in the decor of a middle class British living room. Their personification is challenging because of the difficulty to identify with the characters. The shooting brings them into a reality in contradiction with their body and their language and out of their personal experience. We are wondering what are the elements influencing their way of acting. What are the parameters that interfere with the way interactions function at an age that struggles between childhood and becoming an adult?
At the window, on the bed, behind the door (2017)

10’00”
While filming my bedroom with my camera, I am gradually improvising stories that the space could contain. I am here playing with the idea of creating intuitive scripts by considering an intimate space as a place for experimenting with fiction.
You’ll find a way to relate (2017)

9’22”
This situation is composed of different moving portraits of young teenagers who seem to invade a space for a party. It is here unclear if the situation is staged or a documentation of an event.
Risk Game (2017)

6’30”
This video is an observation of a moment of leisure between friends, playing a board game called Risk.
It’s been a long time, a long time now (2017)

24’31”
Interacting alone for the camera, I set for myself the ambition to make interesting images with the restraint space of my bedroom and the visual material of my daily habits. I let the camera be the intruder of my intimacy, throughout out a sort of choreography between the tool and me.
Triptych (2017)

11’45”
In a three-channel video installation, different characters are being portrayed in domestic spaces. Each of them performing casual activities; rehearsing music, playing, getting ready for the day.
The set of the house and its inhabitant worked for me as a frame for improvisation and fictionalization. With my camera, I entered a private setting in order to portray, interrogate how the inhabitant of the room can enter the realm of video.
Edited together through the different screens, a sense of narrativity and connection between the different characters emerges giving space to the viewer to create relationships, to construct its own understanding of the editing.
Roommates (2016)

looping installation
The work Roomates is a video installation composed of 5 looping videos. The main video is placed in the centre, showing a conversation between two roommates, Alice and Vikki. They are lying on a bed, talking about daily life banalities. This video is surrounded by 4 vignettes that are continuously looping, displaying Vikki enacting daily routines.
Pourquoi Tu Cours (2016)

31’40”
Oscillating between documentary and fiction film, in Pourquoi Tu Cours, Erika Roux is featuring a group of men living in the suburbs of Paris. They are performing their own characters in front of the camera, improvising scenes that are mirroring (or dramatising?) their daily life. Pourquoi Tu Cours is a small story, a mix of banalities and big adventures.
Yo Lo Conozco (2015)

28’
Wandering around in the streets of Belalcázar, a small town in Spain, Erika Roux took pictures of strangers encountered on the road. Asking the inhabitants to react on these pictures in front of the camera, she is collecting stories and expressions, depicting the way people relate to each other in a small village and how they share this with a stranger.
Celui qui (2014)

2’58”
I filmed my friends having a casual lunch together. Without being aware of it they embody characters from a novel I have read from Françoise Sagan, named Dans un mois, dans un an. The melancholy from the characters of Françoise Sagan interferes with the atmosphere of the situation and the perception of the persons being filmed, changing the moment into a fictional story.
I adore you (2014)

3’02”
Olivia is a lyric singer; she is rehearsing a couplet from a song with her vocal coach. She repeats the same sentence to get a total control of it with her voice. The meaning of the sentence seems to strangely connote the interaction between the student and his master.
Playing the Father, the Son (2014)

9’32”
I went to my father, who lives in France and asked him to play with me the theater play of Marcel Pagnol called Marius. In the story of Pagnol, Marius is the son of Cesar, I play Marius, and my father plays Cesar. While I am narrating the story of the book with a voice-over, we can see my father and me trying to embody these characters. This creates parallels between the fictional story and the one we really have.
Psyche and Cupid (2013)

5’15”
These two hands are from Cupid and Psyche, detail of a marble sculpture from Antonio Canova I saw for the first time in the Hermitage museum. My father and his girlfriend seemed the perfect couple to re-enact the image of Psyche offering her soul to love. The aim of the artist, the understanding of its model and the final result of the work never succeeded to join into a satisfying outcome. In this video, I wanted to show the constant frustration in the attempt of representation.
Diesmal kannst du mich erkennen (2013)

6’00”
My family is bilingual: we speak both French and German. By filming the moments before, during and after a diner I wanted to observe the different interactions between people. Families are specific in their formal aspect of relationship, where everyone is supposed to have his own position. By re-enacting all the voices from the different family members I found a way to appropriate all the different identities.
Confessions (2012)

6’20”
In the tradition of autobiographies, The Confessions of Jean Jacques Rousseau is considered to be one of the first. Rousseau opens the book with few important words. This text is a statement described as an autobiographical pact. Rousseau claims his project; making a work as the first one in its kind, the most honest and the most sincere. Here Rousseau makes a statement in his act of writing. In this video, I try to remember this statement by heart in order to appropriate the words as an attempt to identify and reincarnate the writer. However, the more I repeat the sentences the words lose their meanings and the discourse becomes less and less powerful.

EXHIBITIONS

2017
Crooked Elbow Serpent Brain, Showroom Mama, Rotterdam

2017
Positions — Strategies for Artistic Accountability, the Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam

2016
Well, it’s been a long time, a long time now, solo exhibition, The Free Shop, Rotterdam
2016
PMS satellite Rotterdam, The Piet Zwart institute, Rotterdam
2016
The Lucia Return, performance, Het Wilde Weten, Rotterdam
2016
I broke through the ice and I found a bread, Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm
2016
Mig äger ingen, inte ens jag själv, Konsthall C i Hökarängen, Stockholm
2016
Priorities: The Talk Show, Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam
2015
Ensayo para una Exposicion, Combo, Cordoba
2014
Screening Celui Qui, Museum Perron Oost, Amsterdam
2014
Graduation Show, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam
2013
Overal/Avral part II, Butcher’s Tears, Amsterdam
2013
Overal/Avral in collaboration with Fotodepartament, Chetvert, Saint Petersburg
2013
Untersicht, Die Hochschule für Bildende Künste Hamburg (HFBK), Hamburg
2013
Playing with Reality, Vetterstraat 66, Amsterdam
2012
Pop-up Boekwinkel, Galerie de Schans, Amsterdam
2012
Foto Expositie, Galerie de Schans, Amsterdam

PROJECTS

Ongoing
PMS, monthly screening founded and curated in collaboration with Anni Puolakka. PMS is a platform for watching and discussing videos and their making. PMS operates both online and through screening events.
2013
Honoursprogram and collaboration between the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and the Cobra Museum.

RESIDENCIES

2015
La Fragua, Belalcázar, Spain

GRANTS

2017
Van Beek Donner Foundation

EDUCATION

2015 – 2017
Master of Fine Arts, Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam
2010 – 2014
Bachelor of Fine Art, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam

CREDITS

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