Portrait Jot Fau ©Ludmilla Cerveny
Jot Fau
Born in Belgium, in the year 1987. Graduated with a Masters from Marseille’s Fine Art school in 2012. Questionning the concept of identity, of doing and becoming. Of searching and leaving on expeditions. Of remaining and renewal. Of departures without ever arriving. I’m a harlequin (1) and so is the work. The shapes in which it comes are very eclectic. Going from sculptures to installations, objects, textile, drawings, videos, poetry, photographs, and sound. Nevertheless, all of it finds it’s origin in that one mountain of material in which I’m digging. (1) The Harlequin, wearing his coat made out of bits and pieces is the image itself of the multiple and the multitude. The harlequin isn’t part of any community, but very slightly, he is being part of every single one. - Michel Serres, Le tiers instruit, 1991. On show: Two archetypal personas rise facing each other in Perdre la face ou faire bonne figure. Hovering between protective covers and battle costumes, the tension is palpable but ambiguous. It is not clear whether they manifest themselves as warriors towards each other, or perhaps share a complicity towards us. They each bare an embroidered phrase: “la persistance et la gravité du danger” and “la durée et l’intensité de la reparation”, both stemming from Erving Goffman’s sociological inquiry Lesrites d’interaction (1967). Puis-je me coucher dans tes ombres is hung from one of the windows of the city’s municipal library. Like a blown up, hopeful love letter, the words are directed towards the city and its inhabitants, they can be redirected towards one another or to ourselves, as soothing as a bedtime blanket.

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Jot Fau Credit: StokkStudio.com (@StokkStudio)
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