The starting point of most of my works are documents / archives belonging to the fields of history and culture. These documents can be cartoons, art exhibition views, old paintings, rationalized spaces such as amusement parks or French gardens.
The use of these references, taken as signs that formalize aesthetical, historical and political systems, leads to a critical approach on past and contemporary cultural productions ; by extension, this critical approach can also apply to history and to the way the immediate surroundings are perceived.
The work can be understood as an enlarged practice of "drawing from nature" - where nature is already taken as a cultural representation.
These three recent series of drawings feature some characteristic aspects of my work: The preoccupation with spatiality ; the use of documents, such as photographs and maps of organized spaces or landscapes of a certain historical or political importance ; the mix of a minimalist aesthetics with expressionism and physicality introduced by the use of ready-made sentimentally charged objects (hair, jewels).
Artist Bio / CV
Born in 1974. Lives and works in Paris.
Cursus 2006 Artist in residence, La Pavillon, Palais de Tokyo, Paris 2002 Degree in visual arts, École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris 2001 Royal College of Arts, London (Exchange grant) 1996 Degree in History of arts, École du Louvre, Paris
Solo Shows 2007 Savane autour de Bangui, La planck, in Air de Paris gallery, Paris, France 2006 View of a room, D21 gallery, Leipzig, Germany 2003 The End of Travelling, SparwasserHQ gallery (with Heman Chong), Berlin, Germany 2002 Eight photographs of the inversed world, Looking Glass gallery, Brussels, Belgium
Group shows and screenings 2007 Twice told stories, Michel Rein gallery, Paris, France E-flux rental project, Swiss Cultural Center, Paris, France Artbrussel, Multiples gallery, Brussels, Belgium Antipodes, Jeudis de M, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France Danger Museum Project, Wysing Arts Center, Cambridge, UK Link, Edouard Mitterrand gallery, Geneva, Swizerland 2006 Location shots, Erna Hecey gallery, Brussels, Belgium L'usage du monde, Contemporary Art Museum of Rijeka, Croatia Radio kills the video star, Frac Champagne-Ardenne, Reims, France La Cabane, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France 2005 Timeline, Bétonsalon, Paris, France Failure, Korridor, Berlin, Germany E-Flux rental project, Kunst-Werke, Berlin, Germany 2004 Any Place Any, Contemporary Art Museum of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece Jakarta biennale, Jakarta, Indonesia 2003 Not to scale / Ars Electronica 2003, Kunstraum Goethestrasse, Linz, Austria Transmediale 3.0, Haus des Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany 2002 Beelden Buiten 2002, Tuin de Brabandere, Tielt, Belgium Single Screen, Nicolaj Contemporary Art Center, Copenhaguen, Danemark
Grants 2006 Grant for Creation, Drac Ile-de-France, Paris, France 2004 Grant for Realisation / Département des Affaires Culturelles de la Mairie de Paris, France Grant for Travelling / OFAJ, Germany-France 2001 Grant for a project / Département des Affaires Culturelles de la Mairie de Paris, France