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Elisabeth Daynès explores a world of hyper-technology and virtual reality, in an era marked by Humankind’s obsessional quest for physical perfection and eternal youth. What will it mean to be Human 20 centuries from now ? 

 

From the moment Elisabeth Daynès started working in theater, she was confronted with the question of identity and metamorphosis. In the 1990’s, captivated by the work of hyperrealist artists such as John de Andrea, Elisabeth turned her talent to recreating pre-historic hominids and humans.

Born in Béziers, France

Lives & works Paris

Channeling Post-Humanity

Her thorough and painstaking efforts to aim to the closest reality and to so profoundly expressive reconstructions quickly made her an internationally renowned paleo-artist. In 2006, Elisabeth’s recreation of the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamen’s face adorned the cover of National Geographic worldwide. After decades of exploring lost bodies and faces of (Pre)humanity, Elisabeth turned her talent to giving back their identity to pre-historic hominids and humans. Recreating lost bodies and faces starts building and shaping her quest for identity: in the past, now and in the future

Daynès’ work is a quest to represent individuals and their bodies, some lost in the depths of time, others adrift in the future. She is a medium, channeling pre-human, human, post-human and trans-human souls. Time is a sort of raw material waiting to be shaped. Moving past today’s narcissism where boundaries between the real and the virtual are increasingly permeable, Elisabeth has created a dream-like universe, an anti-chamber to the future, where the latest fashions include blister-pack lips-to-order and living skin masks that you take off and regenerate much as you would contact lenses. Virtual identities are there for the taking; avatars make it possible to transcend our Human condition…

 

Elisabeth’s post-humans are still very human beings with blood circulating in their veins; but they are evolving, floating in time, blossoming, reimagining themselves. As they search for their identity, they break down the here-and-now and redesign it at will. From diversity we came, and to diversity we shall return.

Paleo-artist works exhibited worldwide

SOUTH AFRICA - Transvaal Museum / Museum of Natural History – Pretoria

 

GERMANY  - Federal State Museum of Prehistory – Landesmuseum für Vorgeschichte – Halle/Saale 

 

CHILE - Archeological Museum of La Serena – La Serena

KOREA - Gyeonggi-do Jeongok Prehistory Museum

DENMARK - Moesgaard Museum - Højbjerg

SPAIN

Museo de la Evolución Humana / Museum of Human Evolution - Burgos 
CosmoCaixa / Museum of Science – Barcelona – Travelling exhibition on Einstein 

USA
The California Academy of Sciences - San Francisco 
The Field Museum / Museum of Natural History – Chicago
National Geographic Magazine – Washington – Travelling exhibition «King Tut’s New Face» 
The Perot Museum of Natural History- Dallas

FRANCE
Ile-de-France Prehistory Museum - Nemours • Confluences Museum - Lyon
National Museum of Prehistory -– Les Eyzies- de-Tayac
General Council of the Dordogne – Montignac and Lascaux III
Museum of Prehistory – Gorges du Verdon – Quinson
European Prehistoric Center – Tautavel
The Musée de l’Homme – Paris
Museum of Natural History at Toulon and the region of the Var – Toulon

GEORGIA - Georgian State Museum – Tbilisi

ITALY - Muse – Museum of Sciences – Trento

INDONESIA - Conservation Office of Sangiran Early Man Site - Java

JAPAN - 2005 World Exposition – Aichi Nagoya

MEXICO - INAH / National Institute of Anthropology and History - Mexico City

NEW CALEDONIA - Association Salomon – Nouméa

FRENCH POLYNÉSIE - Robert Wan Pearl Museum – Papeete / Tahiti

 

PORTUGAL - Calouste Gulbenkian Fondation – Lisbon • Natural History Museum Porto

SWEDEN - Naturhistoriska Riskmuseet – Stockholm

Solo Exhibition

Jun 2015 - La vérité des visages . Studio Daynès . Paris, France

Oct 2015 - Humans . Gallery Jean-François Cazeau . Paris, France.

Dec 2015 / Jan 2016 - Curieux face-à-face . Gallery Dupré & Dupré . Béziers, France

Oct 2016 - Bouche B . 10th district Town Hall . Paris, France

Jun 2017 - LA Therapy . Studio City, Beverly Hills . Los Angeles, USA

Nov 2017 - Women . ByChatel Gallery. Paris, France


Group Exhibition


Jul / Aug 2016 - Carte blanche . Château Vargoz, Serignan, France

All share the conscious or sub-conscious realization that Time is their enemy, with the Future harboring their ultimate destruction. These post-human travellers, with billions of their fellow humans, are preparing for exodus: out of their natural bodies, away from planet Earth and its gravity. Elisabeth Daynès has opened a window onto what may transpire when humans set out to become something more, or perhaps something else. And we ask ourselves: As we model and enhance our faces, bodies and minds, as we evolve in the vast expanse of space and time, will we still be Human?