Sylvie Boisseau

Field of Practice:

Video / Film / New Media

City, Country:

Genf, Switzerland


2007, 2008, 2009


Feb 2008 - July 2008

Born 1970 in Paris/France.

Sylvie Boisseau studied economics at the Université Paris Sorbonne and in Wuppertal. From 1996-1998 she worked as an associate director with Christian Colin on productions of the Wuppertal theater and the Theatre Gennevilliers near Paris. She was a student of Christian Boltanski at the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts in Paris and graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in art in public space and new artistic strategies at the Bauhaus University Weimar.

Sylvie Boisseau and Frank Westermeyer have been working together since 1996. They realized numerous video works as well as interventions in public space.

Selected solo exhibitions: »Chinese is a plus,« 1a Gallery, Hong Kong (2008); »Copy & Paste,« Centre Image Contemporain, Geneva (2006); »Take Care,« ACC Gallery Weimar (2005).

Selected group exhibitions: »Video: Düsseldorf/Riga,« Kunstraum, Düsseldorf (2008), ANDREJSALA/LCCA Latvian Center for Contemporary Art, Riga (2008); »Videos by Boisseau & Westermeyer,« Frise, Hamburg (2007); »Sterne aus dem Videopalast,« General Republic, Berlin (2007), Galerie NoD, Prague (2007); »Je est il, Je sont ils?« Centre d’art contemporain de l’Abbaye Saint André, Meymac (2007); »Eroi! Come noi …?« (Heros! Like us …?), Palazzo delle Arti, Napoli, Art_Clips, ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe (all 2007); participation in the 7th Werkleitz Biennale, Halle (2006); participation in the »Eastern Alliance,« Museum for Contemporary Art, Bucharest and Center for Contemporary Art, Chisinau (2006); »Modell – Verpasste Gelegenheit,« Kunstverein Potsdam (2005); »La Bauhaus si muove,« Church of San Paolo, Modena (2005).

The video works of Sylvie Boisseau and Frank Westermeyer have been shown on the German television channel 3sat and at over 50 festivals in more than 18 countries, where they were awarded prizes such as: Best Foreign Film, »Der freie Mensch,« Red Bank Int. Filmfestival, Red Bank, New Jersey, USA (2002); »Cineric« prize for »Der freie Mensch« at the New York Film and Video Expo, NYC, USA (2002); grand jury prize for »Moi vu par …« at the 10th Int. Bochum Videofestival (2002), Best Picture for »Meine Familie und ich,« Cinematexas Int. Filmfestival Austin, TX, USA (1998).

Interventions in public space: »Drive In Meeting Area,« art chêne Biennale d’art en ville, Geneva (2006); »The Trail as a Sculpture of the People,« Weimar (2005); »The Concrete Mailbox – without collection,« Gropiusstadt, Berlin (2004), »Canopy private – public,« Kunstfest Weimar (2003).