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Romuald Jandolo


Guest of the 2021 L'Appel du Large festival

Romuald Jandolo deploys a universe of contrasts and ambivalences that he asserts little by little as a method: dark and flamboyant, grotesque and heroic, serious and light, he offers all these faces at the same time. It is this same transformative energy that he distils in his installations, his drawings, his films and ceramic sculptures, the heterogeneous ensemble of which gradually constructs the hallucinatory scene. Haunted by this amputated and fragmentary genealogy, in which certain characters act like phantom members, Romuald Jandolo kneads his biography and reshapes identities by all possible means: kneaded faces, grimaced faces, masks, monsters, costumes ... The worry that tip in some of his works is subverted by a sort of grating tragicomic, in which laughter is the hidden face of discomfort or desire. Numerous objects and installations evoke bodies crossed by constraint and suffering, but also by a possible ecstasy. Romuald Jandolo is inspired as much by the codes of religious dogmatism as by the most deviant paganism.


As part of the L'Appel du Large festival which will take place from July 2 to 4, 2021, Romuald Jandolo offers an installation entitled "Last Dance", a mobile project which invites spectators to discover a staging of a camp, close to the one where the artist grew up, around a caravan. The latter, hitched to a van, constitutes the heart of the scene , a soundtrack of a circus show, from the family archives of Romuald Jandolo, will complete the device. More information on L'Appel du Large here.