Born in 1977 in Bordeaux (France), currently lives in Berlin. Has lived in Paris, London, NYC, and Berlin for the past years.
Christophe Chemin is a self-taught artist whose versatile and multitudinous creative output defies categorization. Chemin draws, paints, writes, photographs, directs, films, sews, acts, dances, sings and designs. He has published four novels and is the creator of numerous films.
After he studied at Les Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux (France), and then in ECV for a Master in graphic design, he worked as an Art Director in the press and in many different Design agencies in Paris; meanwhile he published his first book, a scandalous, polemic and violent family novel called «Les Bourreaux» that settled him as an «Enfant Terrible de la Litterature» at the age of only 23 years old. The same year (2001) he published two other novels «Hémorroïdes» and «Agrandissement de l’Asphalte», all published at Balland. In 2004 he stopped all day job activity (graphic design), to concentrate full time on his art.
His art extends itself from one medium to the other to develop its ramifications freely, its possibilities, and also not to be easily locked or attached in any artistic field. Each discipline being used develops itself in a complementary and coherent way, like a big map, related to the inner map of Chemin’s own territory, a territory that is always based on a preoccupation with performance, often mystical, always facing the notion of danger and urgency. From text to visual, dance to artistic performance, drawing to photography, set design to installations, video to cinema, Christophe Chemin breaks the limits, resulting in a permanent exhibition of his own body.
His work currently goes more and more into the direction of artistic collaborations, in order to open himself and his obsessions to a dialogue. He has been working and collaborating with Keren Cytter, Bruce Labruce, Guillaume Dustan, AA Bronson, Ron Athey, Matija Ferlin, Liliane Giraudon, Laura Betti, Bernhard Willhelm and many others.
He still writes and publishes books.
In France he is represented by Jeanroch Dard Gallery (Paris) and in Germany by Rise Gallery (Berlin). His work though still rmains quite unknow in the US territory.
In 2009 he directed his first feature, «seeking me you sat exhausted» commissioned by Arsenal - Institut für Film und Videokunst e.V. for «LIVE FILM! JACK SMITH! Five Flaming Days in a Rented World» (Berlin 2009).
With «seeking me you sat exhausted» a feature starring Susanne Sachsse, he explores the relationship between homeless people, feral children, actors and great mystics. Referencing John the Baptist, Chemin creates a fantasy world where homeless people become kings and the dominant role of the human is questioned.