Pauline Fondevila combines drawing and text to create a poetic atmosphere of possibilities. Words and images can appear on paper, but they also emerge on the sails of a boat. For Momentum10, Fondevila organized the performance The Promise by the Sea with twenty boats and painted each of the Optimist’s sails. The boat becomes a possible fantasy, an opportunity to escape to another reality linked to the way children observe the world. It is children who are the ones deciding the movement of the boats and generating random poetry on the sea and this performance is documented as a video for the duration of the biennial at Gallery F 15. In the same space, Pauline Fondevila also presents drawings with similar words and imagery from the sails, where we see references to pirates, songs, forms of escape and imaginary places.
Pauline Fondevila (b. 1972, Le Havre, France) studied literature and art. She lived in Barcelona for a few years, and in 2007 she moved to Rosario, Argentina where she still resides. Her works belong to numerous private and public collections, and they are regularly displayed in international exhibitions and fairs. Since 2005 she has been represented by Estrany de la Mota Gallery (Barcelona) and more recently by Diego Obligado (Rosario). She is dedicated to drawing, but she also writes short novels. She has published “A House and a Drum” (2014) and “Five Days in Colón City” (2018), both by the publishing house Ivan Rosado. She is part of the music band Perro Fantasma. Her piece “The Promise by the Sea,” presented at Momentum10, first appeared in 2010 in France, as part of the Le Havre Biennale. Since then, it has been displayed in diverse contexts (festivals, exhibitions, cultural and sports events,) landscapes (seas, lakes, rivers, canals) and languages (French, Flemish, Italian, Spanish.)