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Stéphanie Solinas explores identity’s limitations

Updated: Sep 11, 2019

Stéphanie Solinas is currently an artist in residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts.


French artist Stéphanie Solinas has joined the Headland Center for the Arts Artist Residency Program, where she is among forty-five sponsored artists. Within the coming weeks, this collaborative community will allow her to interact with artists - both locally and internationally-based - who are at various stages in their careers and from across a variety of skillsets. This residency is an opportunity to further her project entitled “The Dazzled Blind,” which she has been working on since 2014.

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“The Dazzled Blind”

Solinas’ exploration of identity’s intangibility, its links to memory, and the subsequent fashioning of the “Other” have developed over the course of the last fifteen years. Her past research looked at Iceland and Vatican City, and now she will be focusing on how spirituality and beliefs come into contact on the West Coast with the visionary science of the Silicon Valley. Her residence in the Marin Headlands will provide her access to a unique social and intellectual landscape, and her research will serve to promote a creative dialogue between local art, technology, and science.


Her American project, "Becoming Oneself," is part of her current focus, “The Dazzled Blind,” which is influenced by studies that look at how spirituality and neuroscience are intertwined, in addition to the links between physical space and the space of the mind. More about Stéphanie SolinasStéphanie Solinas is an artist who describes photography as the cornerstone of her research. Her training in photography at the ENS Louis Lumière in Paris, and her subsequent delineation as a doctor of visual arts, led to a creative vision that involves a combination of books and installations. Her work can be found in various high profile international organizations, , from the Bibliothèque Nationale de France to the Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco. This residency will continue the American journey she started in 2017 as an awardee of the Etant Donnés grant under the patronage of the Fraenkel Gallery, during which she conducted an artistic research trip along the West Coast. Her past projects include the Dominique Lambert Project, which questioned what we can learn about an individual through their name. This look at the complexities of identity has greatly influenced her current creative process, within which she often questions how we “see” others in addition to how that contributes to the limitations of identity. More about Headlands Center for the ArtsHeadlands Center for the Arts is a multidisciplinary, international arts center dedicated to supporting artists; the creative process; and the development of new, innovative ideas and artwork. The campus comprises a cluster of artist-rehabilitated military buildings, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge at historic Fort Barry in the Marin Headlands, a part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Headlands artists programs support artists of all disciplines—from visual artists to performers, musicians, writers, and videographers—and provide opportunities for independent and collaborative creative work.


2nd Fridays / The Dominique Lambert Project

Stéphanie Solinas will be delivering a lecture on November 9, 2018 with The Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California on her project entitled "The Dominique Lambert Project: An Artist’s Exploration of the Figure of the Other and Identity."

Friday, November 9, 2018 / 6:30pm-8:30pm


More about Stéphanie Solinas

Stéphanie Solinas is an artist who describes photography as the cornerstone of her research. Her training in photography at the ENS Louis Lumière in Paris, and her subsequent delineation as a doctor of visual arts, led to a creative vision that involves a combination of books and installations. Her work can be found in various high profile international organizations, , from the Bibliothèque Nationale de France to the Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco. This residency will continue the American journey she started in 2017 as an awardee of the Etant Donnés grant under the patronage of the Fraenkel Gallery,during which she conducted an artistic research trip along the West Coast. Her past projects include the Dominique Lambert Project, which questioned what we can learn about an individual through their name. This look at the complexities of identity has greatly influenced her current creative process, within which she often questions how we “see” others in addition to how that contributes to the limitations of identity.

More about Headlands Center for the Arts

Headlands Center for the Arts is a multidisciplinary, international arts center dedicated to supporting artists; the creative process; and the development of new, innovative ideas and artwork. The campus comprises a cluster of artist-rehabilitated military buildings, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge at historic Fort Barry in the Marin Headlands, a part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Headlands artists programs support artists of all disciplines—from visual artists to performers, musicians, writers, and videographers—and provide opportunities for independent and collaborative creative work.


To further dive into her works, visit her website here.

To learn more about her artistic residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts, click here.


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