Olivier de Sagazan
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Olivier de Sagazan

OLIVIER DE SAGAZAN [France] ‘Transfiguration’   2





2 June, at 9.30pm | Cine-Teatro Curvo Semedo

CE | Ages 18 and over

Duration | 50 min.


‘Transfiguration’ is a story of the artist’s unfulfilled longing to breathe life into his creation. Out of desperation, the sculptor, painter and performer Olivier de Sagazan sculpts clay onto his head, burying himself in the material, eradicating his identity and becoming a living work of art. But the material blinds him, and he is forced to look inward, into the very depths of his soul.
In a fascinating and expressive performance of totality, Sagazan transforms on stage – from man to animal and from animal to various hybrid creatures. He pierces, obliterates and unravels the layers on his face in a frenzied search for new essence and form. In this regard, Sagazan has stated “I am flabbergasted in seeing to what degree people think it’s normal, or even trite, to be alive.” In ‘Transfiguration’, he gives new meaning to the notion of life, offering a captivating, disturbing and stirring glimpse into an alternative selfhood utterly unconstrained by inhibition.


Performer | Olivier de Sagazan



For more than 20 years, Olivier de Sagazan has developed a hybrid practice that integrates painting, photography, sculpture and performance. In his existential performative series ‘Transfiguration’, which he began in 1999, de Sagazan sculpts layers of clay and paint onto his own face and body to transform, disfigure and take apart his own figure, revealing an animalistic human who is seeking to understand his true nature. At once disquieting and deeply moving, this new body of work collapses the boundaries between the physical, animalistic and spiritual senses. The artist states: « I am flabbergasted in seeing to what degree people think it’s normal, or even trite, to be alive. For men have shut themselves up in a kind of collective hallucination, they have forgotten the time before the time». Olivier de Sagazan has performed across Europe, Canada, Bresilia, Corea, China, Quebec, India …in art galleries, museums, and film festivals. With an almost cult following online, and rave reviews about his expressive and inimitable style, it is no wonder de Sagazan’s « body art » work is featured in the non-verbal film Samsara, the Sequel to Baraka, directed by Ron Fricke and in the upcoming movie «Discarnate » directed by Mario Sorrenti and produced by Harald Kloser, as well as in the series ‘Channel Zero’ for Syfy TV , which premiered on 14 October 2016.