Gisèle Gonon

Gisèle Gonon A Room that

Copyright: Guillaume Guerin

Gisèle Gonon *1981, France


GISÈLE GONON was born in 1981 in France and graduated from the École des Beaux-Arts in Saint-Étienne (ESADSE). She is a co-founder of CCPC [Collisions, Cataclysms and Construction Permits], which develops multimedia installations using video and more broadly the moving image. Her work has been shown in France and abroad in various locations: Musée d‘Art Moderne et Contemporain de Saint-Étienne Métropole (Local Line 12); Cycle d’Art Contemporain de Vernand; MAPRA, Lyon; Castel Coucou, Forbach; Hochparterre- Berlin; Kunsthalle HB55, Berlin; Kunstverein Süptitzvilla, Hamburg.  She is a 2018 fellow of the Goldrausch Künstlerinnenprojekt, Berlin.


Our globalized contemporary societies impose paradoxical strategies. These contradictions generate economic, social and cultural inequalities. I question different structures that hierarchize the relationships between individuals. My work revolts against the forms of belief engendered by the liberal economic model. My work slips into the gap between the promises of an open world and the rougher reality.

I am interested in what shimmers. I analyze the manufacturing processes of the subterfuges implemented. I seek, at my own scale, a kind of mediation in my work. In the confrontation of global phenomena, which are difficult to grasp, I investigate what can be comprehended first individually. Through a protean practice, I use art as a tool to decipher the world to expose what is „left behind“.

Objects (things, entities, behaviors, and thoughts) affiliated with work and the company are diverted from their original spaces. By perverting the primary function of these objects, I make fun of the milieu these objects represent. Through manufacturing a new mechanical and poetic environment, I reinforce the absurdity of a seized system, revealing it to be more unstable than it appears to be.

Work With Us

mixed media, audio: 4:45 min


Gisèle Gonon’s new multimedia installation Work With Us critically approaches the language used in recruitment processes; the terminology speaks volumes about our current relationship to work. Work With Us oscillates between individual and shared spaces, and unites objects borrowed from offices—blinds, coffee machines, flip charts, partition walls. Gonon translates the paradoxical strategies embedded in the “we-form” into her work. Work With Us exposes the tensions and contradictions of our contemporary globalised society.

Gonon A Room that

Noria Effect (from Work With Us Installation)


glass, acrylic glass, plastic, wood, metal, pump, MDF, clay

100 x 60 x 40 cm

copyright: Sebastian Eggler