CATALÀA Françoise
  • Introduction
  • Creation process
  • Text extracts
  • Some press reviews
  • Biography
  • News and Contact

  • « We are all aware of the influence, the impact that such teacher, parent or friend has had on our lives. Their passion challenged us. Each of us is indebted to these 10 or so people who counted for him. But none of us can visualize the impacts on the lives of others.


    By writing these successions of times given by passion, by putting them end to end, I show the 'FABRIC OF HUMANITY'

    And it is these fabric installations presented in Indian cities for the first time in 2004, 2005, 2006, at the invitation of the French Embassy in India, the Alliances and French Institutes in India, accompanied by three videos reinforcing this weight of TIME.

    MECHANICAL TIME: Clocks, pendulums, metronomes, drops of water...
    INNER TIME: Close-ups of the faces of girls and boys around the world reciting, eyes closed, in their native language '1-2-3-4-5-6-7', then staring silently at the viewer, eyes wide open.
    TIME 'COUP-DE-COEUR': Silent video where a man, still from behind, walks along a seashore and stops on a reflection, driftwood, bird footprints, traces of ebb and flow, a rejected plastic, a stranded jellyfish, a shell...

    Jean-Louis Vieillard-Baron, professor at the University of Poitiers, specialist of duration in Bergson, was passionate about these ‘Tissues of Humanity’ creations. He related them to my installation-parcours-INCANTARE created in 1990-91, materializing the intensity of experience for a person. This is what he wrote in the shipment of the book 'Catalàa libre parcours’
    ‘Catalàa free pathing' published in October 2007 by Thalia editions.

    Incantare and the 'Fabrics and videos' installations could never be presented together, for lack of space.»
    F. Catalàa.

    It is for all this work on ‘TIME that the prix sculpture ‘Bourse d’études de l’année’ ( sculpture prize 'Scholarship of the year') was awarded to Françoise Catalàa, in November 2005, by the Académie des Beaux-Arts, Institut de France, in Paris.