Since her first performance in 2010, Sophie Dupont has used her body as an instrument and premise for an existential and poetic investigation of what it means to be human.
In her ritualised and strictly choreographed works, the artist’s background in dance and painting can clearly be sensed. Her performative work is often physically and mentally demanding, and based on entities like weight, balance and mass, just as central issues in painting, like the figure-ground relationship and abstraction and figuration, are brought into play. Influenced by 20th-century performance art and the avantgarde, as well as ‘primitive’ art, psychology and Eastern philosophy, these elements are used to explore reflections on the ways we are present in the world.
This Will Also Change is Sophie Dupont’s first major solo presentation. The conceptual framework is the movement between the horizontal and the vertical, a classical principle of composition, which here becomes a metaphor for our outer and inner life. Or, in the words of the artist, “as two directions we are eternally torn between – and understand ourselves through”. It is at the intersection of the two that Dupont presents a series of works that both expand upon and add new elements to her previous practice.
Sophie Dupont (b. 1975) graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 2007, and previously studied at London Contemporary Dance School. Dupont has performed and exhibited at a large number of museums, festivals and galleries in Denmark and abroad, including the National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen; New Studio, London; Petra Gut Contemporary, Zürich; Forma y Sustancia, Guatemala City; Art Claims Impulse, Berlin; and EXTRA Festival Internacional de Performance, Mexico City.