Antonin Detemple—
Premiers Bourgeons
2022
How is life being converted into a resource and nature into an item? This project started when I tried to decipher how the human natural interest for producing tools and objects led western societies to consider the whole world as an unlimited resource. It started five centuries ago with capitalism, and eventually led to both environmental and social crises as described in the plantationocene. As a consequence, the way our spaces, human/non-human groups or environments used to be considered has now disappeared. This exhibition entitled Premier Bourgeon is part of my research on how natural elements are transformed into manufactured products. My art work here is not totally natural anymore nor yet crafted but stands at an edge between the tree and the end product; it is raw material. Coming from different places and times it spells out the violence behind a peaceful day-to-day appearance.

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