SCHLACHTEN | INCUBATION BOOTH | Image © Colette / Laboratoire Lumiere


C.I.A. (the Colette Institute of Art) 2004.

“To be displaced, is to live in Limbo. If you are a great artist you can transform the nightmare into a dream, as an alchemist turns metal into gold.

Following the 9/11 tragedy which hit very close to home as I lived in the World Trade Center neighborhood; I was vacated from my home in 2007 without proper notice & was not allowed to return. In 2012 my studio/storage in the West Village was flooded with 9 ft of water. Miraculously most of my art was evacuated. These three consecutive personal catastrophes that stemmed from global issues: political, economic, and environmental, have greatly influenced my work & life and continue to affect it. For this exhibition I plan to do an on site work related to the subject.”

Image: INCUBATION BOOTH (all rights reserved: Colette the artist, 2014) from “metaphysical portraits and other experiments from Laboratoire Lumiere” @Undercurrent, NYC, March 2014.

About Colette / Laboratoire Lumiere

“Colette’s artistic efforts have birthed a generation of creative minds who are hellbent on breaking art’s boundaries – and whether they acknowledge that Colette is the mother of their universe makes no difference because her body of work is often too elusive and ever-changing to pay homage to.”

(Akeem Duncan on “Homage to Colette” curated by IFAC, NYC, 2014.)

Colette / Laboratoire Lumiere (Previously known as Colette Justine), is a multi media artist recognized since the seventies for her pioneering and multifaceted works which have also filtered into popular culture. They include room & window installations/performances/street art, constructed photograph and her use of living personas.

Beginning with her ”living environment“ (which has been dismantled and in storage since 1982) Colette has been transforming and inhabiting gallery, museums and alternative spaces which often incorporate audio, clothing, personal belongings, etc.

Displacement, Impermanence, Uncertainty have been recurring themes in Lumiere’s installations, a name she began to use after 9/11, as well as an increasing interest in exploring “the invisible“ through Art. Her latest “metaphysical portraits “ refer to the style of her early paintings and resemble ‘interior maps’ of the subjects.

Colette’s art is in the permanent collections of several leading museums including the Guggenheim Museum & the Brooklyn Museum, NYC, the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles and the Museum Ludwig in Cologne. She has exhibited at the MOMA, NYC, the Whitney Museum, the Moca LA, the Museum of Contemporary Art Texas etc.

Although New York is her home base. Colette is in Berlin for the great part of 2015, as a recipient of the Stifftung Starke residency.

For more information on Colette / Laboratoire Lumiere, visit Art Net monographs at and

SCHALCHTEN | DISPLACED 2015 | Dusk and Not Dawn | Fernando Niño-Sánchez | Image © SCHLACHTEN TEAM
SCHALCHTEN | DISPLACED 2015 | disqualifiziert - vertrieben - ungehorsam | Franziska Gußmann | Image © Jana Plüschke

Franziska Gußmann

SCHLACHTEN | Performed Furniture | Chair Nr 35 | Image © Sonia Barrett

Sonia Barrett

SCHLACHTEN | Before/After: A Onesie Experience | Image © David Iselin-Ricketts

David Iselin-Ricketts

SCHLACHTEN | Anestis Logothetis – The Art of Displaced Sounds | Logothetis Ensemble | Image: Ghia Tin Ora © Anestis Logothetis 1975
SCHLACHTEN | INCUBATION BOOTH | Image © Colette / Laboratoire Lumiere
SCHLACHTEN | Heimatvertriebene| Image © Dorota Nieznalska

Dorota Nieznalska


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SCHLACHTEN | Third Age | Image © Chris Avis

Chris Avis

SCHLACHTEN | The Yearning for the Other Shore | Mediterranean Tragedy | Image © Mimouni El Houssaine

Mimouni El Houssaine

SCHLACHTEN | Image © Maharaj Trio

The Maharaj Trio

SCHLACHTEN | Refugees KM | Image © by Dan Farberoff

Refugees KM

SCHLACHTEN | Schritte | Image © Sebastian David

Sebastian David

SCHLACHTEN | ECCE HOMO| Image © Christa Panzner

Christa Panzner

SCHLACHTEN | Wandering | Image © Khadija Tnana

Khadija Tnana

SCHLACHTEN | Image © Emily Pütter

Emily Pütter

SCHLACHTEN | Photonovel #3 – Work In Progress | Image © Angiola Bonanni

Angiola Bonanni

SCHLACHTEN | SELF diss played | Image © Isabella Gresser

Isabella Gresser

SCHLACHTEN | Shadows of Memories | Image © Gisela Weimann

Gisela Weimann

SCHLACHTEN | Zu Hause | Image © Harry van der Woud

Harry van der Woud

SCHLACHTEN| Image © Walter van Broekhuizen
SCHLACHTEN | Baumringe | Lampedusa | Image © Julia Schmid

Julia Schmid

SCHLACHTEN | Wanderboje | Image © Peschken / Pisarsky (Urban Art)
SCHLACHTEN | Image © Miguel Mothes

Miguel Mothes

SCHLACHTEN | Kriege keinen Frieden | Image © Ursula Heermann-Jensen
SCHLACHTEN | Evaporating Borders | Image © Iva Radivojevic

Iva Radivojevic

Avec destination à... / Con destino a… ("Bound for…") | Image © Said Messari

Said Messari

The Right to Leave | Image © Sharon Paz

Sharon Paz

SCHLACHTEN | Lost Way | Dark Way | Image © Salva Nebot

Salva Nebot

Bathroom Portraits | Image © Milos Tzare

Milos Tzare

Confusion of Shapes | Image © Khaled Al-boushi

Khaled Al-boushi

SCHLACHTEN | ZEITWEISE-REISE | Image © Johanna Speidel & Chus López Vidal
SCHLACHTEN | How To Greet Like A Jamaican Step1 | Zwoisy Mears-Clarke | Image © by Aleks Slota

Zwoisy Mears-Clarke

SCHLACHTEN | With Sails of Straw | Image © Anna Gimein

Anna Gimein