A PROJECT BY SOPHIE DUPONT IN COLLABORATION WITH JUAN FRANCISCO MALDONADO AND DENY RAMOS
Coordination, assistance, editing and translation:
Sound engineer: Samantha Canchola
Documentation: Aimée Suárez
Video recording: Ameyali Tapia
THE PROJECT IS MADE WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE DANISH ART FOUNDATION.
Dupont’s performance I Breathe You, Do You Breathe Me? examines respiration, presence, and its situated cultural context. Breathing occurs in the present and bridges the gap between past and future, connecting people with space and place.
I Breathe You, Do You Breathe Me? is a participatory performance that engages multiple audiences in different locations. Dupont invites guests to turn their attention to breathing by asking them to focus on their breath, thus creating a direct link between participants and performers.
The performance proceeds as a rhythmic collective dance with the breath as the anchor. The participant’s pulsating breath is amplified and transmitted through speakers inside and outside the site’s walls. Thus, the site’s shared breathing becomes a sensuous and site-specific physical presence.
The dynamics of breathing, and thus the relationship between performers, present participants, and the physical setting, form the starting point for Dupont’s holistic performance. By including both material and ephemeral elements, I Breathe You, Do You Breathe Me? creates awareness of humankind’s interrelatedness.
Sophie Dupont is a Danish visual artist who works in diverse media and within a span of aesthetic practices such as performance, photography, sculpture, and painting. She lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark. Dupont received an MFA from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts.
Dupont’s consistent body of work for more than twenty years takes place within a performative cross-aesthetic field. She has performed in museums and Galleries around the world and is represented in the National Gallery of Denmark. Her practice has evolved organically and is grounded in the twentieth-century performance- and avant-garde tradition, including phenomenology, feminist aesthetic practices, psychology, Eastern philosophy, and rituals. Dupont’s practice explores basic questions concerning figure and ground, abstraction and figuration, weight, balance, and density as well as fluidity and stagnation. Her work examines the conditions of embodied human beings within diverse, site specific and situated cultural contexts.