Lola Gonzàlez’s practice centres around video and performance, often focusing on the depiction of a group of young people navigating and negotiating their fate(s) together. Narratives of fiction elaborated by the artist are points of observation and interrogation of collective desires, affective relationships as well as intimate and shared feelings of these young people evolving in a world of undefined contours. In dreamlike sequences, characterized by natural landscapes and the isolation of these protagonists, atemporal intrigues unfold whose opacity reveals the ambiguity and the troubled stakes of the past and the becoming of this community. The artist’s scenarios form the tools through which she probes group dynamics, rules, roles and aspirations.
For prologue, Lola Gonzàlez presents her film Summer Camp, 2015, for the projection and discussion program at KADIST. The 9-minute video details the physical and psychological training of a group of men inside a house in preparation for an unknown event. An unending list of first names inscribed across the walls are cited and chanted by the group whilst carrying out their training drills. The act evokes a roll call, an ambiguous practice used outside of militarised environments throughout history to equally ambiguous ends – are these names incanted in reverence or chanted to identify future targets? The artist deliberately washes her script with military and religious references, furthering the feeling of uncertainty ultimately leaving her audience in the dark as to the nature of the impending action.
The works of Lola Gonzàlez have been exhibited widely nationally and internationally, including recent solo exhibitions at MuMo2 – Musée Mobile (2019); FRAC – Fonds régional d’art contemporain Île-de-France, Le Plateau, hors-les-murs, Paris (2019); Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin (2018); and the Musée d’art Contemporain de Lyon (2017). She has also participated in numerous international group exhibitions including most recently at the Villa Médicis, Rome (2019); FRAC – Fonds régional d’art contemporain Poitou- Charentes, Angoulême (2018); and CAFA Art Museum, Beijing (2017). In 2016, the artist was the laureate of the Prix Meurice pour l’art contemporain, France. Her works have been acquired by several notable collections including FRAC – Fonds régional d’art contemporain Île-de-France; IAC – Musée Institut d’Art Contemporain/Villeurbanne; and KADIST, Paris.
Image: Lola Gonzàlez, Summer camp, video colour HD, stereo sound, 9 min, 2015 Courtesy the artist ; Marcelle Alix & KADIST collection