Katya Bonnenfant, who works under the artistic moniker the old boys’ club, approaches various subjects — including ideas around desire and judgment — with humor, whimsy and lightness of mood, even if the subjects themselves reject this levity. La Destitution de la jeune fille is composed of original wallpaper, wooden sculptures, and projected animations depicting warring cartoon-like characters in masks with origins in various cultures. These monsters play out concepts
inspired by philosophical theory put forward by the French writers collective Tiqqun, active from 1999-2001. Advancing the notion of the young girl as embodiment of the capitalist machine and the meaninglessness of modern life, the collective calls for a new social order, in which the young girl is overthrown. Among a landscape of chaos and confusion the creatures are fighting the battle of the contemporary world.
Katya Bonnenfant was born in 1975 in Belfort, France. She studied graphic design, fine art and philosophy at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts and the École Nationale Supérieure Estienne in Paris. Her work emerges from the interaction of her practice as a designer and her visual art research. She uses a variety of media, including sound, music, video, animation, film and the performing arts, to explore questions about the function, purpose, process and application of art and politics in society. Bonnenfant's work has been shown throughout Europe as well as in the US and Canada. She currently teaches multimedia design at the École Nationale des Beaux Arts in Lyon, France.
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