Just Sightseeing

Benoit Pierre
August 6th - 18th, 2009

TouristeinconnuBD

“Here, by moving inside this circular device, I wish to record the realities that surround us and are beyond our grasp. Modestly, I try to look and listen without analyzing, to understand without making any comments, to open up a multitude of windows around me. It is by assuming the very contemporary posture of a “tourist” that I move back and forth from one place to another. 

It is at the Piazza San Marco in Venice, the Trocadero in Paris, the Kalemegdan in Belgrade or, at the other end of the world, a few steps away from Mahatsinjony Railway Station in Madagascar, that I decide to return obstinately to this circular practice: to look around me, to take time, to waste time, to make myself available, to let things appear instead of grabbing them, to become impregnated with them and to try to understand rather than judge, perchance to participate and also to let something surprise me, a sort of fragment, emerging from the ordinary, whose emotional potential is recognized at last.”

Benoit Pierre

The exhibition is supported by Communauté Wallonie-Bruxelles International.

Benoit Pierre lives and works in Belgrade. He trained as a graphic designer and architect and since 1999, he is involved in research in the visual arts that circulate between video, photography, and drawing. He was a Professor at the École des Beaux-Arts de La Réunion (La Réunion Arts School ) from 2002-2007 when he met choreographer and ex-DV8 dancer Eric Languet and poet Christian Jalma with whom he led the experimental project “quelquessignesduprésent” then set up the interdisciplinary non-for profit organization “Traverse 974”.

In 2006, he designed his « Dispositifs Circulaires » (Circular Devices) project. In 2007, he obtained the FIACRE grant for creation, awarded by the French Ministry of Culture and took part in a residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, along with sound-artist Yannick Franck (Venice Biennial 2009). That year a personal exhibition was dedicated to his work at l’Artothèque de La Réunion.