"Ensemble" is the name chosen for the contemporary art exhibition that will take place in Sommant (Burgundy) from 9 to 17 July. It anchors the collaborative experiment conducted last year between the two visual artists Isabelle Rougier Brierre and Ulrich Schreiber who live and work in this small village in the Morvan. Ulrich Schreiber arrived more than 25 years ago during a residency organised as part of the twinning of the two regions of Burgundy Franche-Comté and Rhineland Palatinate. Isabelle Rougier Brierre has been sharing her time between Paris and the Morvan for more than 15 years after a long period spent abroad. On this occasion, they open their houses and workshops to artists and the public.
"Ensemble" is both an adverb and a noun in French and German and designates both a collective action (being with each other) and the result of a unity of movements and elements (collection of objects).
Collection of objects
This year, the Sommant event will bring together over 10 days, in addition to the works of Isabelle Rougier Brierre and Ulrich Schreiber, those of 6 other artists. Women have been given pride of place: Anne Chériez and Isabelle Frémin, who also live and work mainly in the Morvan, as well as Vanessa Notley, Berit Jäger and Nathalia Grotenhuis (in collaboration with the composer Joachim Schneider), one of whom comes from Scotland and the other from Germany. Sculptures in metal, wood, bronze, plaster, monumental or not, installations, paintings, performances and music are on the programme of this 2022 edition, which will take place on the Montcellin site and the St Innocent property.
Being with each other
The organisers propose to the public to wander through the village, the gardens and the exhibition rooms. There is no set route, the spectator wanders and makes his own discoveries. The walk forces them to slow down to appreciate the works and the landscapes. It forces them to look and listen. You stop, talk to the artists and other visitors, have a drink, and you may even want to extend your visit until nightfall. In addition to the opening on 9 July, when a sculpture by Ulrich Schreiber installed in the village will be inaugurated by the mayor, the exhibition will host two exceptional evenings: a performance by the Mainz Ballet (Stephen Delattre company) and a gypsy jazz concert by the group Tikno Vago.