JOT FAU
THE HUNTER, 2012

 

The figure of the hunter/gatherer had been wandering in my mind for a while when I decided to use it as a concept for this project. This figure was a model that I did not want to simply copy. I wanted to fill up my body with the hunter/gatherer's attitude. During one year I worked on what I called «the hunters project». This project is to be considered as a story that's being told. A self portrait too. Much the same as in the Veronica Ackerfeldt project I'm the main character as well as the storyteller. Telling a story that questions concepts of being and becoming. About the physical and the intellectual capacity of this being and this becoming. Questionning ideas like fiction and reality concerning ones identity . Though the hunter/gatherer's story is told in a different way than the story of Veronica Ackerfeldt.
The medium with which Veronica tells her story -that of speech- could not be the same for the hunter. Words did not have their place here. Silence was too important. This time objects and «skins» are telling the story. These objects and rests, are loaded with the story, they carry it in them. The story is built up in a different way. There’s a centre, the main idea.
And from this centre grew writings, objects, videos, drawings, etc. which constitute an entity. It is the result of a slow and solid construction, though mobile and open.
Click here to see excerpts of the video TERRITOIRES - password is terre
Image stills of Territoires, 2012, 8'04''
Image stills from the video Territoires, 8'31'', 2012 Sabots, 2012 - wood, leather, metal Cactee, performance at Parc Borély, Marseille, 2011 Pirogue, 2012 - wood, metal, leather, rope, three trunk, fabric Integration process I, II and III -Series of photographs, 2012 Guettres, 2012 - leather, fabric, rice The hunters garment, 2012 - velvet, pins & needles, leather, felt, hair, fabric, metal