(D') APRES NATURE
For more than twenty years, I have been developing a multimedia work to question the relationship between human beings and their environment.
This quest led me to explore the planet in order to experience and translate in a sensitive way the very idea of nature and the relationship between nature and culture, from the amazonian forest to the Himalayas, deserts in Africa and megalopolises in India. As early as the 90s, I began to appreciate the dangers of the anthropocentrist view of the world which, in our Western way of thinking, consists in separating man from nature and placing him on top of all living things.
My work has since been built around this criticism, trying to provoke reflection and inspire other possible modes of relationship between human beings, their ecosystem and the rest of the living.
The title "(D)' APRES NATURE" thus contains a double meanings. Painting or sculpting "D'après nature" in french means to represent nature as it appears in front of us. It involves a direct confrontation to nature, without the mediation of other media. But with a little twist, trying to represent a world D'après Nature, could also mean to imagine a world, after the concept of nature has been declared inept and to leave space for a new paradigm to emerge.