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François Piquet

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Born in Paris suburb, he obtained an Industrial Design engineer degree, and simultaneously developped musical performing and graphical and multimedia design. Arrived in Guadeloupe in 2000, he moved to professional video and developed in parallel solo production, for his first paintings exhibition in 2005. He then created "Collactif", a group of urban artistic intervention, which participated in the 2007 "Reappropriation of Darboussier" (an old cane sugar factory), an art event where he braided his first sculpture, monumental, with iron strips that were used to hoop rum barrels. It was a revelation.

His first sculptures were purchased in 2008 by the Guadeloupe administrations (Museum of the cane, Memorial Act). He continued to produce and experiment and participated in numerous exhibitions. In early 2009, he was a founding member of "Awtis 4 Chimen", association of visual artists occupying the "L'Herminier" Museum's at Pointe-à-Pitre, and co-produced the first Salon of Contemporary Art in Guadeloupe in 2010.

He then presented his first solo exhibition, "IRON & SKIN" in Guadeloupe and Martinique, and installed sculptures in the streets of Marseille (France) for an artistic residency in 2011.

He continues his exploration of caribbean contemporary creation in 2012, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Sint Maarten. Since 2013, he has focused its production on public spaces, ephemeral and permanent urban interventions in Guadeloupe, Martinique, France and Senegal always with the research of Caribbean experimentation, coupled with social commitment.

He presented "Reparations" in 2016, and has since participated in several collective exhibitions and international fairs in the Caribbean and Europe.

The International Slavery Museum in Liverpool (UK) has just added it to its permanent collection.

Francois Piquet lives and creates in the "Tout-Monde", the caribbean area, which he considers as a "laboratory of the world which is coming". He chooses to experiment Edouard Glissant's "creolisation" and the contingencies of a contemporary multiform art.

Interactive sculptures, site-specific installations, street-art, video, and social immersion of the artistic gesture : his approach is resolutely contemporary, using humour and constant experimentation of new process, materials and media to provide accessible, non politically correct and challenging points of view on human relations. To replace art in its social and utopic functions and create encounters.

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François Piquet, You & Me, Sculpture

François Piquet

You & Me, 2019
47.2 x 106.3 x 59.1 inch


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