Joël Andrianomearisoa was born in Madagascar, where he spent the majority of his youth. In 2003 he obtained a diploma in architecture from the Ecole Speciale d’Architecture (Paris), and now spends most of his time producing art between the French capital and his hometown, Antananarivo.
An artist deeply invested in concepts of time and body, Andrianomearisoa’s approach to image-making happens from the inside out, activating the latent, emotive power of the material world through video, fashion, architecture, sculpture, installation, and photography.
“Between each element, each wall and each leaf of paper […] is a kind of story that you can tell, that you can feel[…] My work is always dealing with this idea of duality, between light and darkness, passion and fragility […] the space between us,” said the artist, speaking on his installation The Labyrinth of Passion‘, which won him the Audemars Piguet Award at ARCOmadrid 2016.
In addition to his inclusion at ARCOmadrid 2016, Andrianomearisoa has had numerous solo exhibitions, which include A L’Horizon de mes Jours Troubles, an installation as part of Africa Now at Galeries Lafayette (Toulouse, France: 2017); Last Year in Antananarivo also at Tyburn Gallery (London, UK: 2016); De Profundis at Sabrina Amrani Gallery (Madrid, Spain: 2015); Perfection, the grave of our own existence at Mikael Andersen (Berlin, Germany: 2014); and A Perfect Kind of Love at Goodman Gallery (Johannesburg: 2010).
He has also participated in a number of group shows, including Vers le Cap de Bonne Esperance at Gare Saint Sauveur (Lille, France: 2017); Africa Remix (Multiple venues: 2004-2007); Rencontres Africaine de la Photographie in Bamako (2009); the Havana Biennale (2006); and The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Purgatory and Hell Revisited by Contemporary African Artists, a travelling exhibition curated by Simon Njami which opened at the SCAD Museum of Art (Savannah, Georgia, USA: 2014).