The Green Vessel tells the journey and the story of an old man on a river. Like a storyteller, he shares with us a story: the tale of a scientist, who discovers a contaminated river, and tries to understand the sources of this problem. Accompanied by an artist and a young guide, he pursues his research in remotes territories covered by a large forest. As he continues his tale, the old narrator engages himself in a long journey between river and vegetation, a quest that connects him to his own story.
Etienne de France (b. 1984, Paris) is a visual artist, currently based in Paris, France. He received a B.A in Art History and Archaeology in Paris (2002-2005), and then completed a B.A in Visual Arts at the Iceland Art Academy of Reykjavik (2005-2008).
Unfolding his practice in multidisciplinary and fragmented ways, Etienne de France explores the relationships between concepts of nature and landscape.
Through the fields of sciences and architecture, he creates works using a variety of media such as video, writing, photography, sculpture and drawing. From a questioning on landscape as a space of imaginary and emancipation, he elaborates fictional but highly credible narrative series of works.
From the first railway company in Iceland (Icelandtrain, 2009-2010) to the rediscovery of a legendary sea mammal in Greenland (Tales of the See Cow, 2012), his works are always contextualized in a determined landscape, identified or not. He completed a 200 km long walk in the middle of French country (Exploration of a Failure, 2013-2014). With his site specific installations referring to the Mesoamerican ruins and models (Rise, 2013 and The Journey, 2015), his work is both a physical travel and a questioning our own environment.
Examining the use and the representation of lands and landscapes in Southwestern United States, through the journey of a young Native American (Mohave), he questions how cinema and visual arts contributed to the colonization and cultural appropriations of these lands (Looking for the Perfect Landscape, 2017).
Installations, videos and performances in museums, galleries and festivals include: Museu de Arte Brasileira, São Paulo, Brazil, 2017, Contemporary Art Center of Ivry – Crédac, Ivry sur Seine, France, International Center of Art and Landscape of Vassivière Island, France, 2016, Reykjavik Art Museum, Iceland, 2016, School of Architecture of Paris-La Villette, Paris, France, 2015, Gallery of Evolution, Museum of National History, FIAC, Paris, France, 2014, Domaine de Chamarande, France, 2013, Parco Arte Vivente, Torino, Italy, 2012, National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland, 2010, Thessaloniki Biennale, State Museum of Modern Art, 2010.
Looking for the Perfect Landscape, HD video, color, stereo, 45 minutes, 2017
Tales of a Sea Cow, HD video, color, stereo, 58 minutes, 2012