A few weeks ago we featured the work of Jannis Kounellis, the Greek-born, Rome-based installation and performance artist notably for involving industrious materials such as live horses, coffee, and others in his theatrical work. I came across Stephane Thidet on Arcademi and couldn’t help but notice many similar aesthetic tenets between the two artists. Thident seems to sculpt an atmosphere in his installations, and wins me over with a touch of pastiche.
“I want people to move from the object to the idea of place – and hence the way in which it is lived in – the situations of inaccessibility, of exclusion that I bring about are part of a tension that I am looking for…Ultimately, I create situations that fail to deliver their promise. While I don’t especially try to make my work popular, the signs that I use belong to a collective memory. I was definitely influenced by Lewis Carroll proposing a maladjusted, twisted, or even aggressive and dangerous reality.”