Influenced by the society in which I live in and by the history that shaped its construction, my reserach explores the reflections of western fantasies of the unfamiliar and its consumption of other cultures informs my understanding of cultural perception.

Materials, their intended use and the stereotypes they carry are also a constant source of inspiration. I am especially interested in categorisations, cycles of production and misappropriation.

My current research looks at the systems of meaning that have been impressed upon nature, flora, and seeds throughout eras of imperialism, colonialism, and globalization. To be more specific, the common perceptions and representations of nature being « neutral », « passive » and « decorative ».

 

Particularly interested in sociocultural anthropology, urban research, underground artistic networks and the micro-economy of art, I have also been collecting a rich documentation about alternative art scenes, off spaces and self publishing. Following this compilation of data, I design tools and events that enable the general public to be more aware of those practices.

Since arriving in Zürich in 2013, I have initiated both the ZURICH ART SPACE GUIDE and VOLUMES, Independent Art Publishing Fair.

Beyond the reflexion and exchange, the aim of all the collaborative projects I have been initiating so far (pop-up shops, exhibitions, publications, fairs, talks, workshops etc.) is to bring some exposure to creative practices and straighten the sense of community, while attempting to decompartmentalise it by reaching out for a wider audience.

 

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