Le Crédac

The flora of the aftermath

Benoît Piéron

Sunday 26 June, from 3 to 5 pm

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In parallel with the 2021-2022 artistic season at Crédac, Benoît Piéron follows the four seasons by conducting workshops on plants. After having encapsulated Derek Jarman’s garden in the fall, in the winter he herbed the “thousand-flower” motif of the Unicorn Tapestries during workshops to make capsules filled with seeds. In the spring, he invites us to herborize and reinvent Albrecht Dürer’s drawing The Great Piece of Turf (1503) in the form of small clumps to grow.

At the beginning of the summer, Benoît Piéron proposes a workshop and a discussion around the polemoflora or obsidional flora (plants resulting from the aftermath of wars or marking the corridors of armies’ passages). The workshop consists in the preparation of capsules to be planted containing a selection of plant species involuntarily imported in France since the Napoleonic wars until the two world wars.
The workshop is followed by an overview of the vegetation that appears, resists or is reborn following migrations, traumas and world conflicts.

Artist biography

  • Benoît Piéron is a French artist born in 1983 in Ivry-sur-Seine. He creates moments, installations and objects. Benoît Piéron is interested in the sensuality of plants, the borders of the body and the temporality of waiting rooms. He practices patchwork, existential gardening and draws wallpapers. Having always lived with a pet disease, the hospital world is his ecosystem.
    He graduated with honors from the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris in 2007 and participated in the Hermès Foundation residency program in 2010. In 2011-2012 he is a resident at the Casa de Velázquez, the French academy in Madrid. In 2014 he was welcomed in residence at the Fernand Léger Gallery in Ivry-sur-Seine, where he had his first solo exhibition in 2015. In 2018, he had a solo exhibition at the Centre d’art contemporain Les Tanneries d’Amilly. Resident at the Cité Internationale des Arts in 2020 and 2021, he gives in parallel to his exhibitions workshops knitted around the herborization, validism. In 2021, he planted the stand of the Mendes Wood gallery at the Fiac and grew a large tuft of grass in the courtyard of the MAT - contemporary art center in Ancenis. For a few months he has been questioning the food of unicorns, the place of orgasm in hospitals and lethal flora. His works have been exhibited in France, Brussels, Japan, Korea, Spain and Canada.

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