Dear Shaded Viewers,
How did 2020 go for you? Has it had a particular impact on your artistic production and projects?
orlan:Surprisingly, the impact has been positive. I’m usually constantly hopping from plane to plane for conferences and exhibitions. Then all of a sudden, it was quiet in the studio, and I had the time to do what I really wanted to do. When I exhibited at the Sorbonne Artgallery in 2019, I gave a talk with Donatien Grau. He told me: “Now you have to write your autobiography”. When suddenly lockdown happened, I asked myself what I was going to do with that time, and I realized Donatien was right: I was going to write my autobiography. I started working day and night, and in July the manuscript was pretty much done. I asked Jean-Loup Champion [from Gallimard Editions] to come over and have a look at it. Four days later, he told me that he couldn’t stop reading. He offered to publish me as soon as I wanted. The second lockdown gave me the opportunity to finish up the manuscript – I was staying at my friend’s Fabrice Hyber in Vendée at the time – and to add some memories that came back to me… Precisely a whole page on slow dancing, something very hot… I’m trying to do a good deed for the young generations: to show these people what they’ve missed! After social distancing, I’m hoping it’s going to be a hit! I am also preparing a project in the field of music, but it’s still top secret… My autobiography is titled “ORLAN Striptease: Tout sur ma vie, tout sur mon œuvre” and will be out in May.