Born 1975, France
Lives and works in Noumea, New Caledonia
Nicolas Molé is emerging as a key figure in the expression of contemporary Kanak culture. Moving fluently between drawing, animation and video, Mole constructs animated multi-media installations that respond to the natural and cultural environment of New Caledonia. These works are often performative in nature, requiring an audience to activate or transform them. They are also interventionist, adapting an existing building, site or place. Mole has worked extensively with performance companies to create environments for their works. For APT8 he has worked with ni-Vanuatu author and musician Marcel Meltherorong to create a multi-media installation that reflects upon, and provides a space for, contemporary Melanesian performance.
Participants include: Sam Roem (West Papua l Australia); Julia Mage'au Gray (Papua New Guinea l Australia); Lucy Efi (Papua New Guinea); Michael Maetarau (Solomon Islands); Marcel Meltherorong, Anderson Laurin, Tio Massing, Steve Williams, Andrew Tamata and Manuella Kelep (Vanuatu); Nicolas Molé, Richard Digoué and Simane Wénéthem (New Caledonia); Katalina Fotofili and Ratulevu Tora (Fiji).
'Yumi Danis (We Dance)' participant Simane Wénéthem, Emyo Tinyo Dance and Music Festival 2014, Ambrym, Vanuatu / Photograph: Ruth McDougall / © The artists