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Benjamin Collet - Capri Schön

Benjamin Collet
Capri Schön

Benjamin Collet deploys, assembles and compares many events and images; how things and images are built up; what they hide and what they mean. He sets displays made of tools, materials and features in aim to create speeches, tales and fictions. Combining writing, documentation, archiving as well as sketch, sound and video, his installations are kind of «ideas cases». All those fragments and tracks form/create a kaleidoscopic investigation of our world.

Photography by @lenancker

extract of Un entretien en cohue concerning the artist

Benjamin
I think this romance novel found in a laundromat does make sens after all. Good news. To be continued…To get back to French Hair, what have been the elements or the events which led you to think a hairdressing salon could host a hidden art show ? Because we are facing here an “undercover” show of some sort.

Alain
It’s always a bit difficult to trace back the origin of an idea. I think this intention came from an environment composed by very different things. An afternoon with Marc getting our hair cut together in Marseille, the conversations we had on croocked exhibition formats, the discovery of a very special hairdressing robe at a salon in Lyon, a more general feeling that the experience of an art show is the experience of a community temporarily aggregating around practices and personalities.

Benjamin
Yet to propose something in a hairdressing salon, moreover through one of its usual objects, is clearly an infiltration more than a declaration. Was the outdated aspect or the seemingly non-quality of the hairdressing robe a way not to declare but rather to infuse in a space ? Taking the risk that the proposal, apart from the day of the opening, would eventually not visible but rather present as a slip which no one would ever have noticed.

See more about the project French Hair curated by Romancero Gitano.

…by guest curators invites four curators each year from international digital art galleries, online spaces, biennales and festivals to present online projects and commissions for a period of three months. Each curator is encouraged to showcase artists within or outside of their networks, and to experiment with the platform and how they present projects. This strand of AOS initiates conversations with similar spaces globally and contextualises our work on an international scale.

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