Etienne Chambaud

Etienne Chambaud
Mulhouse, France, 1980.
Lives and works in Paris and Milan.


The main focus of his work is an “Ecology of Separations”, i.e. an on-going research on frontiers and borders between forms, objects and discourses. In his work, various spaces, scientific fields, modes of capture, of conservation and of transmission merge, overlap or intersect.

He has worked on exhibitions, collages, photographies, neons, paintings, films, texts and situations: from a geolocalized raft called “Idealism” that was set adrift in the Atlantic Ocean 7 years ago to reconfigured world atlases; from the staging of the encounter of geometrical figures and monkeys in a zoo to feverish objects; from mobiles constrained by architectures to reversed animal hides. Chambaud directed the film Counter-History of Separation (with Vincent Normand) which follows the common history of the guillotine and the modern art museum from the French Revolution to the late 1970′s. For the past two years, he has been working on The Untamed Night, an experimental nature documentary that looks at the invention of the modern concept of Nature, unnatural ecologies and the relation between the categories of the Human, the Non-Human and the Inhuman.

He has presented solo exhibitions such as The Naked Parrot (2013), LABOR, Mexico City, Undercuts at Forde, Geneva (2012), The Encored Separation at Art Unlimited, Basel (2011), and in 2010, Contre-Histoire de la Séparation at CIAP, Vassivière; Objets Rédimés at Bugada & Cargnel, Paris; The Decapitated Museum, Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf; On Hospitality, LABOR, Mexico City; and the three-part exhibition The Sirens’ Stage (David Roberts Art Foundation, London), Le Stade des Sirènes (Kadist Art Foundation, Paris), and Lo stato delle sirène (Nomas Foundation, Rome). He had a solo exhibition at Palais de Tokyo, Paris, in 2009 entitled Color Suite.

His world have been featured in many group exhibitions including at Centre Pompidou, Paris; MAMCO, Geneva; CCA Wattis, San Fransisco; MOCA, Detroit; Marian Goodman Gallery, NYC; Casey Caplan Gallery, NYC; Museum Ostwall im Dortmunder, Dortmund; Villa Arson, Nice; Lyon Biennale.

His work is part, amongst others, of the public collections of Centre Pompidou, Paris; Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris; MACBA, Barcelona; FRAC Piemonte, Turin.