Sylvain Souklaye is a Brooklyn based French multi-modal artist. He is obsessed with sampling intimacies about people who don't belong to a determinate identity, gender, class, colour or nationality.
Sylvain Souklaye performances are a collage of individual memories which are relived for and via the audience.
Self-taught, he began performing with vandalism in Lyon, and then intimate happenings, radio experimentation and action poetry. He later developed digital art installations using field recording techniques as a narrative layer while pursuing his writer’s path.
Among his best known pieces are la blackline, a 5-year durational radio performance about socio-economic survival and urban absurdity, le déserteur a digital art installation dwelling on the notion of abandonment, TME a docudrama performance exploring self-inflicted amnesia and resilience and MIGRANT MARKET a remake of the slave market updated for the uber economy.
Sylvain Souklaye methods characteristically involve intense physical acts as well as the use of unsettling intimacy.
[ID: Photo of Sylvain in black and white. Il is in profile looking downward.]