Dakar (Sénégal) native, raised in West and East Africa, French multidisciplinary artist based in Ajaccio, Léna Piani creates photographs, videos, Light art, installations and drawings. She won first place at the Mediterranean Contemporary Art Prize 2019, Italy, (Porta Coeli Foundation), in the photography category and a Special Mention from the Jury in the Installation-Sculpture category.
An important part of her photographic and videographic work explores perceptual phenomena, linked to light set in motion, through an experimental research process around an abstract de-construction of the “light object” that she questions in its space, its volume and scale.
These creations are made according to her practice by directing the flow of natural light and by using transparent, translucent or reflective materials, such as glass, oil, water, hydro-alcoholic gel…or by using the artificial lights of familiar objects. By playing with the image capture speed during a very physical and fiery performance, « source objects » are then « diverted » and reconstructed in an unexpected way. Become unrecognizable, they exceed their reality to become an explosion of colors and surreal shapes unexpectedly.
It's a game of re-creation, a joyful playtime.
Her imagination also leads her to create dreamlike and surreal images according to a figurative aesthetic through the creation of installations, drawings or narrative videos. She focuses her practice on the search for the capture of the ephemeral, the fleetingness of the momentum which in the lightness of its flight, offers a metaphorical response to the weight of memory and to family, social or political constraints.
This eclectic set of creations evokes the effervescence of an action in the making, the ardor of rediscovered movement, the rapture of space to conquer. Her artworks are attempts to escape.
She has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Europe and the United States.
Her work is represented by the American gallery Shockboxx Project on the Artsy platform.
Graduated from a master's in Arts and Literature, directed by the philosopher and art critic Roger Dadoun, at the University of Paris Denis Diderot ; she is also a professor of Modern Literature.