Anaïs Serres (b. 2000) is a Franco-Nicaraguan artist that makes use of their background in philosophy and literature as a starting point for their research and artwork. After completing their BA in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Arts in 2022, they started the MA in Contemporary Art Practice at the RCA.
I am a multidisciplinary artist using performance, installation, writing, and sound work to question and disturb language and structures. My practice often takes language as a starting point, looking into its limiting and unbinding qualities through a structuralist and post-structuralist lens. This linguistic research has led me to explore broader issues connected to systems and their successes and failures.
I aim to explore the multiplicities of things as constantly in movement and change, and not as static. Whether in communities, language, gender, or identity, I try and seek out what's in-between to understand and disrupt pre-established mechanisms. I hope to share that feeling of plurality and offer different ways of perception and being by creating liminal spaces between imagination, speculation, and rationality.
During my MA, I started looking into therolinguistics to explore non-human ways of perceiving the world and destabilise preconceived structures, using fiction and storytelling. This research was mainly informed by the Vampyroteuthis Infernalis (Vampire Squid from Hell) and its fleeting, sensuous, and passionate nature. Inspired by the humorous and fascinating propositions of Ursula K. LeGuin and Vinciane Despret on animal literature, and extended research and speculation of Vilem Flusser on said Squid, I hope to give a glimpse of it within my work and generate questioning. I utilise fictioning as a tool to bring into existence those alternatives and multiplicities to life, while also sharing the disappointment of their poor accessibility.