The Ship of Fools 

Jérôme Chazeix

Video installation, 2021

The starting point of his work is the book “In Narrenschiff” (The Ship of Fools) written by Sebastian Brant in 1494 – the most widely read book in the German-speaking world at that time. In a vast installation of fabric, music and performance, the artist transforms a ba – teau – in the image of the book – into a satirical allegory of the human condition and a metaphor for the escape from an immediate crisis.

Sound design : Lori E. Allen

Textiles and veils : Jérôme Chazeix

Performers : Ashley, Christian, Eva, – Kai, Lori, Marc, 2021

Jérôme Chazeix (DE/ FR) was born in France in 1976 and has lived in Berlin since 2000. From 1994 to 2002 he studied fine arts at the University of Saint-Etienne (FR) and graduated there with a doctoral thesis on Gesamtkunstwerke. At the same time, he attended the art academy in Saint-Etienne (FR) from 1995 to 2000, from which he graduated with a diploma in liberal arts. From 2000 to 2004 he was a master student of Katharina Grosse at the Berlin Weissensee School of Art.

Chazeix has been selected for numerous scholarships and artist-in-residencies such as Matsudo (JP), Bergen, Helgeland (NO), Amsterdam, Vienna, Frankfurt, Ravensburg, Meinersen, Arnis (DE), Vilnius (LT) and Bangalore (IND). He exhibits his work internationally. His recent solo exhibitions include: Label201 in Rome (IT), Galerie Herold in Bremen, Galerie Nachtspeicher23 in Hamburg, A.I.R. Paradise in Matsudo (JP) and BERLIN WEEKLY, Berlin. His work has also been included in the 2nd Lagos Biennale (2019).

Jérôme Chazeix’s works are contemporary total works of art. The focus of his artistic oeuvre lies in the combination of different media and their cross-references. Sculptures, videos, music and costumes are preferred elements of his artistic work and part of his installations, environments and performances. A complex scenario emerges from the interplay and fusion of these disciplines. Some of the associated performances, which are part of the overall concept as participatory projects, are realised in the installations and permanently presented as videos. Like a visual union, the productions extend across the entire space and invite visitors to immerse themselves in these parallel worlds.