Gilles Desplanques

Born in 1977

Lives and works in Marseilles

Gilles Desplanques's works react for the most part to specific contexts. His oeuvre, which ranges from sculpture to video, by way of installation, photography and performance, is based on an attraction to architecture, and more generally on an interest in the relation of the body to space and on a desire to grapple with the normative models which organize constructions, society, and the individual. It thus happens that his works take as their object suburban housing standards (Marée haute/High Tide, Soto Mayor/Powell) interior decoration (Trophée tête de cerf/Stag's Head Trophy), and mass-produced furnishings (Kill Billy)... These elements, as paragons of present-day society, are then corrupted, mistreated, and reinterpreted. They construct an artistic language which plays on perpetual displacement and shift, offering an unusual and amused way of looking at how the world is ordered. Gilles Desplanques's work does not call into question the laws of the norm in any authoritarian way; on the contrary, he tries to create interstices which are so many critical viewpoints of our environement.

Biographical notes translated with the support of the Centre national des arts plastiques - Cnap.