Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster

Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Petite, 2001

Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Petite, 2001

Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster (b. 1965, Strasbourg) lives and works in France and produces work in a variety of media including film. Since the late 1980s she has created a series of narrative room installations that often recall the private spaces of her own apartments. These works invariably combine visual images, light, sound and furniture. Viewers are invited to experience a memory or a story of a person as if they are reading a book or watching a movie. As a result of this approach, many of the ‘rooms’ evoke a sense of cinematic space.

Gonzalez-Foersters' addition to International 02 entitled Petite (2001) was one of her most arresting and seductive works. It was typically atmospheric and theatrical installation environment that explored the private and the public worlds of childhood imagination. The sense of awe, anxiety and confusion of being a child in a grown up world was sharply and richly evoked and Gonzalez-Foerster’s compelling command of visual narrative was clearly revealed.

Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster at Liverpool Biennial 2002

Petite, 2001
Courtesy the artists
Exhibited at Tate Liverpool

Supported by

The French Embassy – Institut Francais du Royaume-Uni