Alice Guareschi

Je m’appelle Olympia


Je m’appelle Olympia is an action for house lights performed by Alice Guareschi on just one occasion for a select audience of guests at the Olympia Music Hall, the legendary and iconic Parisian venue, on April 12th, 2012. The 16 photographs that make up this series were shot on the same day, right after the live activation of the light choreography in the theater’s empty space, which involved all thirteen of the colored lighting channels that are permanently integrated into the architecture. With a fixed framing, similar but not identical, following the precise original lighting score composed by the artist, the images present a sequence of different movements of lights in the auditorium. The photographic series thus becomes a new synthesis of the image-idea and intention behind the performance: to activate a theater when no show is happening on stage, to play it live, to reawaken its latent memory and the secret life that eludes the spectator’s gaze. By breaking down the duration of the action into photograms that can be viewed either separately or all together, the spatial arrangement of the work now makes it possible to embrace the overall idea at a glance.

This book was made on the occasion of the exhibition Je m’appelle Olympia (MAN_Museo d’Arte Provincia di Nuoro, July 14–September 17, 2023).

Project promoted by the Directorate–General for Contemporary Creativity of the Italian Ministry of Culture under the PAC2021 – Piano per l’Arte Contemporanea program.

  • 17.5 x 13.8 cm
  • 19-panel leporello
  • IT / EN
  • 2023
  • 978-88-8056-221-4