Valérie Kolakis’ work is an exploration of architectonics and is linked to questions of migration, displacement and change. The notions of subtraction, emptiness and the illusory relation to the urban landscape are among the themes touched upon in her work. By way of mass-produced industrial materials, Kolakis explores the imagery of urban space and the transitory spaces comprising it through the use of poor and/or found materials; materials of an ephemeral nature that strive against the authenticity of pure form. This leads to the creation of a form of the “object’s” reconstruction that is in direct contradiction with its initial function.
In his art practice, Jean-François Lauda adopts an intuitive approach to painting. His exploration of raw materials is translated through the slow formal transformations that arise thanks to the experimental dimension of his process. His practice is characterized by the combination of an abstract style and a pictorial vocabulary conveying the trace of the gesture. In exhibiting the deliberate marks of a process of accumulation and erasure, his compositions reveal the process of their own making: traces of regrets, memory of past actions, various temporalities.