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Paris
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Hugo Cantegrel

Biography


Born in Paris, in 1991
Lives and works in Lisbon, PT

 

The foundation of Hugo Cantegrel’s practice is built up from an autobiographical narrative. The objects chosen are carefully selected for the memories they evoke. Inevitably, there is a notion of nostalgia embossed within the practice. In contrast, the installation process is more spontaneous and intuitively led, providing the objects with an opportunity to be considered in a new context. Cantegrel works mainly with installation which main concern is about composition. Works are not to be seen independently but are always part of a whole, allowing to reuse some works inside new diapositives with complex interactions in between the different supports. Pictured as a choreographer of objects, he is looking for a visual musicality and theatricality in the installation. In this way, some works are considered as main characters; some others have a subordinate role. Some bring a dynamic for the eye of the viewer, some act as silences.

 

The frame plays an important part in his Hugo’s practice by questioning the ontology of it. The boxes are separating objects from the outside world, revealing relations between them. Yet also through arrangements, compositions, the frame dissolves itself to be part of a larger one. Hugo Cantegrel’s practice is strongly influenced by the Nouveau Roman. As in “Les Choses” by Georges Perec, everyday life objects become the main characters of multiple narrations. By keeping the frame open, different layers of understanding are reached, a certain idea of universality, a mass of references, a call for memories, an interweaving of narrations that each viewer is able to create. The works’ aesthetic is based on the domestic interior decorative arrangements pictured as landscapes of objects aiming to use the ‘ready-made’ referring to the concept of perception.

 

 

 

Education

 

BA Fine Art, Central Saint Martins School of Fine Art, London, UK

L’Atelier de Sevres, Paris, FR


Awards

 

2015

Lowe Nova Award, London, UK (Second Prize)

Clyde and Co Award, London, UK (Nominated)

 

 

 

Solo Exhibitions

 

2018

Soleil Noir, Las Palmas Project, Lisbon, PT

 

2017

One Day It Will All Make Sense, FOCO Gallery, Lisbon, PT

We’ve been Diving All Day Long, All Day Long, The Switch, Lisbon, PT

 

 

 

Group Exhibitions

 

2018

In Between, FEA Lisboa, Lisbon, PT

 

2017

C-O2, FOCO Gallery, Lisbon, PT

 

2015

Clyde and Co Art Award, Clyde and Co Offices, London, UK

Degree Show, Central Saint Martins School of Fine Art, London, UK

Metaphonica, Central Saint Martins School of Fine Art, London, UK

Playdough, Central Saint Martins School of Fine Art, London, UK

Big Space III, Central Saint Martins School of Fine Art, London, UK

 

2014

Jenga, Central Saint Martins School of Fine Art, London, UK

May Occur, Rag Factory, London, UK

Big Space II, Central Saint Martins School of Fine Art, London, UK

Big Space I, Central Saint Martins School of Fine Art, London, UK

 

2013

Zero, 5th Base Gallery, London, UK

 

 




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