Céline Siani Djiakoua is a visual artist, performer and jewellery maker. She was born in Nantes, France. She first studied Psychology (MA) and had a personal interest and experience in Psychoanalysis. She trained and worked as a schoolteacher and was going to become a psychologist when she moved to the U.K. in 2001. Since then she has followed her passion for Fine Art, graduating from Staffordshire University in June 2009. She is now based in Nottingham. In 2009/10, she received a bursary from Longhouse (West Bromwich) to develop an “Action Research”. Since 2009, she has been commissioned for various projects (Rebirth – NHS; BCCA – Wolverhampton University and Longhouse; Common Ground – Airspace Gallery). Céline Siani Djiakoua’s work is multidisciplinary, involving photography, video, drawing, performance and installations. Her practice is profoundly influenced by her bodily experience as a former dancer. Her work is informed by her interests in Jungian and Freudian/Lacanian theories, Phenomenology, Feminism and Cross Cultural Communication.
In my practice, consciousness, the world, and the human body as a perceiving entity are intricately intertwined and mutually engaged. As Merleau-Ponty points out, each of us has a unique style of being-in-the-world that appears in the way we are and interact with our surroundings. I believe that by using and sharing my personal experience as truthfully as I can, I could reach some deep and universal levels. This transparency forms a basic principle in my work and its simplicity allows me to then build more complex configurations.
My work always shows a seductive appearance. This accessibility actually hides more complicated levels of understanding where symbols and intellectual processes are at work. In order to experience the work in all its complexity, the viewer has to refer to different levels of interpretation: from aesthetical/perceptive and emotional, to symbolic/spiritual and intellectual/logical. I am interested in reaching a point of destabilisation, be it intellectual, psychological or visual. It is when the mind has to let go of its control that an insight is most likely to happen, opening up to another level of understanding of the world.
I have always been developing several projects at the same time, mainly following three orientations : one happening in the “outer world” and being more participation orientated, involving people from different cultures and languages; another one being more focused on the deep inner world of the body and mind and a third one presenting an ongoing questioning about what it means to be a woman (and a woman artist) at this point in time.
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