Visual arts

Anne Le Troter

Although I don't use the same codes, I would like to ask for the same attention as that required in a cinema.

Anne Le Troter records, transforms and diverts words in installations that can be seen as sculptures of language. She works with subtleties in the collection of information and their absorption into our society. 

Updated on 30/11/2021

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Anne Le Troter was studying sculpture at the Saint-Etienne School of Design when she discovered recording and audio arrangements. Using these tools, she began to develop acoustic sculptures, initially based on her own voice. This was the start of her practice, eminently singular, turned towards language and its mechanisms. 

Her piece Fifi, Riri, Loulou (2011), inspired by Robert Fillou's "Autrisme", marked a major step forward in her approach: she records series of improvisations and edits out the silences between words, thus creating the impression of a thought in full formation. Her following production Claire, Anne, Laurence (2012), presents the codes and language structures that the young artist has developed with her sisters. She also published L'Encyclopédie de la matière (2013) in collaboration with the Haute Ecole d'Art et Design de Genève. In this text, she explores questions of materiality of sound, video and sculpture.

Through sound poetry, installations, theatre and writing, Anne Le Troter takes the word and its protocols as her source material. Her works is at the confluence of corporate, domestic and affective situations, which she stretches to the point of abstraction, sometimes in an exhibition space, sometimes in publications or digital formats. 

From family mechanics to physical descriptions of sperm donors and the public apologies of Japanese celebrity managers, the artist amplifies movements that run counter to the norms of collective language and individual expression. 

Following two acclaimed works, Parler de loin ou bien se taire (2019) and Martagueule (2019), Anne Le Troter took up residency at Villa Kujoyama to create a huis clos in which she breaks down affects through language, based on Japanese dating sites. Speech is considered as an organ in its own right, allowing the heart to beat and giving life to a mental body constructed from scratch. 

After a second diploma at the Haute École d'Art et Design in Geneva (2012), Anne Le Troter obtained her first creative grants in Switzerland. This led her to exhibit in France and abroad, notably at the Curitiba Biennial in Brazil, the Nasher Center in Dallas and the Centre d'Art Contemporain Le Grand Café in Saint Nazaire. 

Following a prominent selection at the Salon de Montrouge (2016), the Palais de Tokyo presented the first monographic exhibition of her work in 2017. In 2020, Anne Le Troter took up residency at Villa Kujoyama, constructing sound works that address the position of the individual spokesperson, the messenger and the substitute. 

  • 2016


    Prize of the Salon de Montrouge

  • 2017


    Liste à puce, solo exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo

  • 2019


    Joins the Centre Pompidou collection

  • 2020


    Apolo One, Pernod-Ricard Foundation

  • 2020


    Residency at Villa Kujoyama

  • 2021


    La veillée polyphonique des Zizanies, at the Espace Bétonsalon for the Nuit Blanche

The Institut français and the artist

In 2020, Anne Le Troter was laureate of Villa Kujoyama, an establishment of the cultural cooperation network of the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, under the Institut français of Japan and which benefits from the patronage of the Bettencourt Schueller Foundation, and the support from the Institut français. 

She will be back at Villa Kujoyama in 2023, due to a shortened stay in Japan in 2020 because of the Covid-19 epidemic. 

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