Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster

Biography of Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster

Providing insights into and voyeuristic perspectives of contemporary metropolitan life, the work of Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster possesses a beguiling intimacy and subtlety. Inspired by film literature, art history, and architecture, her cross-disciplinary practice includes installation, video, collaborative work, and film. Rather than attempting to make something new, Gonzalez-Foerster prefers to stage scenarios. Her environments aim to provoke emotional and mental landscapes in the viewer.

After her sequence of minimally furnished rooms in the 1990s, Chambres, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster has continued to make dream-like interiors centred around urban life. Her installation work often places the viewer in challenging situations in which they have to exercise their cognitive and imaginative faculties. A participant entering a Gonzalez-Foerster installation becomes like an actor on stage, someone who can assume the identity of the absent inhabitant. Spaces can produce as well as change mood, sparking memory and affecting perception. In this way Gonzalez-Foerster’s work draws upon the store of feelings that everyone carries inside of themselves.


Born in Strasbourg in 1965, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster divides her time between Paris and Rio de Janeiro. She has had numerous prestigious solo exhibitions, notably at the Centre Pompidou in 2002 as well as at the Guggenheim Museum, New York in 2011. Gonzalez-Foerster is the winner of the Mies van der Rohe Award in Krefeld in 1996 as well as the 2002 Marcel Duchamp award in Paris.

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