Julie Chovin

Born in 1983 in Valence.
Lives and works in Berlin.
Graduated from the Saint-Étienne School of Art and Design.

“Variation on Residences” searches for traces of Białystok Castle, Poland, where the artist did a residency in 2017. It takes as a starting point a series of documentary photos of colorful postmodernist real estate, mostly built after 1989, celebrating the start of capitalism and freedom in Eastern Europe. It follows a variation of works on plexiglass, mixing photographs of objects and archetypal castle shapes from plastic toys for children. These pieces appear like a theater set or an open building, with no interior or exterior. They shine like fake diamonds of plexiglass, an artificial material of the oil age, a cheap substitute for glass, used mainly in the enterprises of late capitalism.