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Born in Beziers (France) in 1960, Elisabeth Daynès lives and works in Paris. Since the early stages of her career in theatre, she has questioned the concept of identity and metamorphosis. From the 1990s’, this quest led her to painstakingly recreate the bodies of prehistoric hominids based on the most advanced scientific knowledge and constant exchanges with the international scientific community. Her reconstruction project is to give flesh to the faces of individuals who lived in prehistoric times and not simple prejudiced patterns. This work of individualization is a work on faces, expressions, looks which starting point is the skull. Her work being at the crosswalk of Art and Science, she became a world-renowned paleo-artist notably with her reconstructions of fossil hominids for the Museum of Tautavel and her recreation of the Australopithecus Lucy in 1999 for the Field Museum, Chicago. In 2010, she was awarded the John J. Lanzendorf PaleoArt Prize. Her work is exhibited in museums around the world: Tautavel; Field Museum, Chicago; Perrot Museum, Dallas; INAH, Mexico City; Barcelona Science Museum; South Korea.  From skull to skull, from face to face, in her dialogue with our origins, the question of personal identity is essential. It is from these reflections that Elisabeth Daynes invites the public to reflect on appearance and the human face, in the past, in the present and in the future.

 

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