Karine Roué was born in France in 1975. Since her early childhood, she has been moving on in the far reaches of space and time. In the 80s, she arrives in French Polynesia where she will spend two years. She will retain some kind of nostalgia for the Polynesians, their islands, those ever-changing spaces bathed in such primal light. In the 90s, she spends one year in Gabon, a country that she will leave under the most difficult circumstances as she found herself whisked away by the French army in the aftermath of violent riots. In France, she enrolls at the university to study literature. For five years, she attends drawing, sculpture and painting night classes at the Beaux-Arts and dedicates herself to the theatre. Meanwhile, she works as a nursing help in a mental asylum to pay for her studies. On obtaining her Masters in literature, she sets off on ocean voyages for a new life of a sailor in the Caribbean.
In the South Pacific where Karine Roué lives, she henceforth devotes herself to writing and photography, intensely reflecting and meditating upon her art, upon temporality and psychic places. Art comes first and foremost in its essentially ontological question. Woman is also conspicuous there at every second. Karine Roué is an uncompromising artist, she goes as far as possible and traces back every track which she follows intuitively as she seeks difficult and exacting consistency.
It is in her interest in the First Arts and cockfighting that she links up to the archaic and unspeakable part of herself, a dimension that she endlessly strives to actualize within the field of the contemporary. In her universe, each element shapes up to the others, provides strong meaning to the whole by weaving a web that contains everything whilst leaving her free to assume her discontinuities. What is at stake in every word and every photograph plays itself again in the whole and assumes the shape of a brilliant choir, a coherent polyphonic ensemble, a proto-writing.