Canada / France
Contextual and site-specific, Martine Viale’s work is based on action art and is grounded in a practice of presence. Working regularly in the public space and unusual places that can facilitate unpredictable encounters with passers-by, she is interested in the momentary loss of landmarks and in the use of actions as a tool for analyzing certain personal and social conditioning. The body in action is at the centre of her practice and she is inspired by the interval between art and the everyday and by the multiple bridges of encounter between the two. She uses time both as a driving force and as a means of spatial and relational negotiation.
Born in Montreal, Quebec, Martine Viale lives and works in Perpignan, France. Since 1999, her work have been presented in several festivals, galleries and site-specific context across Canada and internationally in Brazil, Israel, Poland, Cyprus, United States, Brittany, France, Belgium, Serbia, The Philippines, Japan, Scotland, Spain, Ukraine and Denmark.
She has also given several intensive performance art workshops in Montreal (Studio 303; La Centrale galerie powerhouse), Chicago (Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery), as well as in France (Frac Lorraine, Metz; Le Quartz, scène nationale de Brest; Espace o25rjj, Loupian), Belgium (La Cambre, Brussels), Ukraine (School of Performance, Lviv), New Castle Upon Tyne (Northumbria University) and Spain (Acciónmad!18, Madrid).