Language plays a pivotal role in Anne Le Troter’s works, becoming the raw material for installations that explore social mores and personal relationships. Le Troter will discuss her sound installation at the Nasher, which draws on the language used in sperm and egg donor profiles to address questions of ethics, eugenics and the role of the state in reproduction.
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For her Nasher commission, Le Troter is developing a sound piece based on her research on fertility tourism and the history of sperm banks in the U.S., where the lack of governmental regulation has resulted in the rise of so-called “designer babies”—children whose genetic makeup can be preselected based on the characteristics of the donor. As part of her research, Le Troter signed up as a customer at a cryobank based in Virginia where she gained access to over 400 donor audio recordings. Le Troter will splice together and layer excerpts of the original recordings to create a linguistic score reminiscent of and inspired by such science fiction novels as Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World (1932), George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949), and Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale (1985). Titled Anticipation, Le Troter’s sound piece considers the ethics of eugenics as well as the dystopic future of state regulated vs. free market fertility.
Anne Le Troter Biography
Anne Le Troter (born in 1985 in Saint Etienne, lives in Paris, France) is a graduate of HEAD, Geneva (2012), and ESAD, Saint-Etienne (2011). Her first solo shows were held at the Arnaud Deschin Gallery (Paris, 2016), BF15 (Lyon, 2015), Espace Crosnier (Geneva, 2015) and Espace Quark (Geneva, 2014). She has also taken part in a large number of group shows, including “In & Out”, at La Villa du Parc, Annemasse (2016), “RUN RUN RUN”, at La Station and La Villa Arson, Nice (2016), the 60th Salon de Montrouge (2015), “The Generic Way”, Zabriskie Point, Geneva (2015), “Diversi Muri - un omaggio a N.O.F.4”, at the Istituto Svizzero di Roma (2015), “Le pas funambule”, at the Galerie Piano Nobile, Geneva (2013) or else “Une exposition à être lue, Volume 2”, at LiveInYourHead, Geneva (2011). She was awarded the Grand Prix at the 61st Salon de Montrouge (2016) and Swiss Art Awards 2013.
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