Graphic artist from his beginning, Boris Labbé has been developing, over the last eight years, an approach in animated video. Experiment after experiment, the film he develops tend to leave the spatio-temporal pattern imposed by the classical cinema, evolving towards video installation devices that include major technological revolutions of the past century, crossed with the latest digital technology generations. All his videos, like a part of the experimental film heritage have the emblem of the palingenesis, concept making both appeal to the loop and regeneration : cyclical return of the same events ; regular reappearance of ancestral characters ; perpetual return to life.
Boris Labbé was born in 1987 in Lannemezan (Hautes Pyrénées, France).
He lives and works between France and Spain (Madrid).
He studied at the School of Fine Arts in Tarbes (ESACT) and in the school of animated film in Angoulême (EMCA) until 2011. Then he was member of the Académie de France in Madrid, as resident at the Casa de Velázquez (2011-2012). After that he was in residence at the HEAR – Haute école des arts du Rhin (oct – dec 2013), as well as at CICLIC Région Centre (apr – dec 2014), and in ESCY in Yssingeaux (nov 2015 – apr 2016) in partnership with the DRAC Auvergne and VIDEOFORMES.
His work has been shown in contemporary art exhibitions in France, Spain, Canada and Japan as well as in over one hundred international film and video festivals.
He received many prizes for his work, so as the Special Jury Prize at the Annecy festival in 2012 forKyrielle, the prize for the Best video installation in roBot festival in Bologna and in the Multivision Festival in St. Petersburg for Danse macabre (2013) among others.
This video installation, exhibited in Montreal (March – May 2016), is now concerved in the Cinémathèque Québécoise collection.
At last, after a short tour around the world and several distinctions in renowned festivals (Annecy, Fantoche, BIAF, CutOut Fest, Stuttgart…), his latest short film Rhizome (2015), produced by Sacrebleu Productions, has been awarded by the Grand Prize at Japan Media Arts Festival in Tokyo and the Goden Nica Animation at Festival Ars Electronica in Linz.