Léa Colombier (b.1996, Clermont-Ferrand) is an french visual artist. Her work is based on the observation of deplorable worlds and concerns for sensitive human ills. She explores fictional, post-apocalyptic worlds, that lie somewhere between ethnographic study and science fiction.
She creates stories that confirm hypothetical states of suspension which inhabit these spaces. In doing so, she uses video, image, collage, sound, text and soundscape, created with DV technology, to talk about the near future, while evoking the past. Mixing the influences of the anticipatory novel, and the notion of archive, her works are presented as poetic experiments, which question our relationship with posible terrestrial futures. She often portrays how humans and their illneses could coexist on parallel worlds, and the beauty these burdens bring.
She draws her inspiration from anthropology, anticipation literature, and New Hollywood science fiction cinema, and is inspired by directors such as Chris Marker, Tarkovski and Pasolini. She is influenced by artists such as Camille Henrot, Ben Rivers, Richard Long, Philippe Parreno, Marguerite Humeau, Rachel Rossin, and Ryan Trecartin. It also refers to magazines such as C41 magazine, yogurt magazine, and recurrent website such as Vdrome and Ubuweb.
Her work explores the possibilities of communication between worlds and the means by which knowledge is generated in the absence of evidence or through the impossibility of reaching the object of investigation. It interweaves and transforms factual events into speculative narratives, allowing unknown, unseen, extinct life forms to burst forth in grandiose splendour. Combining prehistory, occult biology and science fiction into a bewildering spectacle - the works resurrect the past, merge subterranean and subterranean worlds, while updating the quest genre in the information age.