After studying Art History, Photography and Graphic Design in Munich in the 1990s, Evi Keller moved to Paris to work as a photographer. She created her studio in 2000, and since then she has dedicated herself exclusively to her art, collaborating regularly with dancers and contemporary musicians. In 2001 she began the series of installations The Worlds in Between that present an initiatory voyage into a world of unfolding elements, a perpetual evolution whose visible aspects seem to breathe and are never immobile. The work evolves through the lived experiences of the artist. In the transformation of these forms new vibrations are born.
Her current creations, which she calls Matière-Lumière, are the culmination of this first cycle and signal the beginning of a new form of art. Born from nature, Matière-Lumière crystallizes artistic approaches such as photography, painting, sculpture and audio-visual art, making explicit, among other things, their fusion and their rapport with light. At once contemporary and universal, they have neither references nor affiliation and emerge as a completely natural consequence of that voyage. Matière-Lumière are multiple and changing works, musical scores interpreted by light that overflow their frames and free themselves from the environment in which they were created. A transformation through an alchemical process reveals explosive and volcanic landscapes of a distant and mysterious world, where light is amplified and vibrates across various layers of reflective surfaces. Its reflection in the wounds of the past allows us to perceive the meaning of chaos while retaining its multiplicity and its richness.
Matière-Lumière was first shown at the 2014 Nuit Blanche as well as at the YIA Art Fair “Hors les Murs” in 2014. Evi Keller’s work is represented by the Jeanne Bucher Jaeger Gallery. A solo show Evi Keller/Matière-Lumière was organized in the Gallery’s Marais space from May 30 to September 27, 2015. The Maison Européenne de la Photographie presented in the same year the photographs and audio-visual work Matière-Lumière [Towards the Light— Silent Transformations]; the work became part of the institution’s art video collection in May 2016. A Matière-Lumière installation was also presented at the Centrale for Contemporary Art in Brussels (March-August 2016) and at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs (March-June 2016) where a lecture took place on the “matter beyond the visible” in the works of Jean Dubuffet and Evi Keller. A monumental Matière-Lumière work was presented as part of Sèvres Outdoors at the Cité de la céramique (June-October 2016). Photographic works Matière-Lumière [Towards the Light— Silent Transformations] will soon be presented at Gaasbeek Castle (Belgium) as part of the exhibition “Kairos Castle”