GEDOK & LAGUNE offspace ; Stuttgart /DE
7 > 29 Oct.
HÉRITAGES : LES 40 ANS DU LAAC
curators : Sophie Warlop, Hanna Alkema, Richard Schotte, Jean Ficheux
LAAC ; Dunkerque
20 Nov. 22 > 08 May 23
With drawing as my main practice, I produce and reproduce simple, precise and fleeting gestures, inspired by current and societal events. What happens between us, within us, throughout the daily political challenge of living side by side? My raw material comes from contact zones: encounters, interactions, transmissions, collaborations, borrowings, negotiations, confrontations. I listen to and observe social relations, language - what it does to its users, what the users do to it. I study the transformations and the structure of language to rethink its conventional forms. I move and bring together bodies, languages, signs, visual representations (images), ways of saying, telling and thinking the close or distant world.
Since 2018, I am particularly interested in alternative modes of communication: where the narrative exists while words seem unsuitable. Silence, the void and the slightest gesture offer other readings of our contemporary societies and of History. My action consists in recording what apparently does not exist, in making the implicit appear, in listening to the words, in revealing hypnotizations, vulnerabilities, as well as desires and collective impulses. What are the roles of the invisible in our attempts to read the world? How can it transform our look? How does it act on certain bodies, certain storytelling, silent words, disappeared public spaces? And yet, how can it also be empowering? How can silence and discretion lead to alternative forms of resistance?
The drawing can be understood in a very broad dimension. It can take place on a sheet of paper as well as on wall, up to photographic image, video, typography, installation and performative action. They are often activated and interpreted, favouring the in situ and ephemeral forms.