Esteban Richard’s work is one of those emerging practices that combine formal ambition and responsible commitment. Deeply aware of the environmental issues that threaten our planet, the young artist builds an active artistic work that is not satisfied with denouncing or indicting the human impact on the natural environment, but which is born and nourished by the citizen’s gesture in the service of a necessary transformation of our habits. With as much poetry as generosity, he also invites the public to join him in his approach.
Invited to exhibit at the Saint-Maurice abbey in Clohars-Carnoët in Finistère which has long been committed to a cultural approach to environmental issues, Esteban Richard has chosen to present and continue his Totem series, which was initiated upon his graduation from the Ecole Européenne d’Art de Bretagne – Brest in 2014 and which took him to the coasts of Brittany and Greenland. Now emblematic of his practice, this series of objects constitutes for him the first real iteration of his awareness of the possibility of mixing in one and the same activity his artistic practice and his passion for the ocean, as well as his curiosity for the universe of marine biology and ecology.
The principle is simple, effective, pragmatic, and straightforward in both artistic and ecological terms. The artist surveys the coastline to glean plastic waste washed up by the waves. Once the collection is complete, Esteban Richard processes this raw material, combining grinding and modelling to produce shapes evocative of the marine vocabulary. These are then threaded onto masts to produce his Totem before being installed on the coast, not far from the place where the plastic materials were discovered, like so many signposts of an imperative collective commitment.
“Although the shapes are stacked, like pearls, it is rather the idea of the abacus that I am invoking. Each pole is made from a specific weight of plastic, the nature and provenance of which are clearly established. This information is also indicated on a caption attached to each Totem. Buoys and floating beacons are also objects that influence me a lot. I wanted to preserve a certain language, a vocabulary of forms specific to the maritime world. These geometric figures, like the buoys, evoke a kind of signposting, a kind of informative or preventive code that does not distort the landscape. “
During a residency of several weeks in Clohars-Carnoët, Esteban Richard proposed to locals to go on a collection with him to produce new forms emanating from this very territory.
Born in 1990, lives and works in Brest.
Graduated of EESAB-site in Brest in 2014, Estéban Richard is a visual artist committed to eco-responsible research in the marine environment. He participated in the AKTA expeditions in Greenland and Sailing Hirondelle and worked as a scientific mediator in marine biology and ecology at Océanopolis in Brest from 2019 to 2021. His work has been exhibited at the Frac Bretagne in Rennes and at the Raymond Hains gallery in Saint-Brieuc in 2015, as part of Rendez-vous in Saint-Briac-sur-Mer and the Festival de l’Estran in 2016 and at Passerelle Centre d’art contemporain in Brest in 2017.
Exhibition to discover at the Saint-Maurice abbey in Clohars-Carnoët:
Every day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. except the sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Entrance fees (no supplement for the exhibition):
Full price (+16 years old): 5€
Reduced price (12-16 years old, unemployed person, students, Finistère passport, disabled people, Guide du Routard): 3€
Elsa & Johanna have made it their obsession to get under the skin of others. Slipping into the daily lives of strangers, they travel through geographical and cultural territories to adopt other realities. Invited by the Frac Bretagne to “flag” the streets of Saint-Briac, the two artists invest some thirty flags, projecting this small seaside town into the peregrinations of their combined gaze.
Georges Dussaud | Photographs from the Frac Bretagne collection
Georges Dussaud, even if he has been living in Chateaugiron for many years, is also and above all a citizen of the world. From Portugal to Greece, from Ireland to India, or on the path of Brittany, his steps lead him to the discovery of rural territories marked by tradition. Represented in the collection of the Frac Bretagne since the early 1980s, his work has something universal about it, taking on a poetic meaning when faced with man and his condition.
Georges Dussaud was born on 4 March 1934 in Brou, Eure et Loir. He currently lives in Châteaugiron and has been working in Brittany, Portugal, India, Cuba and all over the world since 1975.
Exhibition to discover in the keep of Châteaugiron castle: • Wednesday and Friday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. • Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. • the first Sunday of the month from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. • Closed on public holidays
This summer, the gates of the old Court House of Pontivy will be adorned with a collection of photographs from the Fonds régional d’art contemporain Bretagne. With more than 5,000 works, the Frac Bretagne’s mission has been to bring contemporary art to Brittany for forty years. It is a public service of culture, supported since its origin by the Region and the Naitional government. In Pontivy, it is therefore natural that it should take over the gates of the Court House, an emblematic building currently being transformed to accommodate the Region’s new services for the population. From here and elsewhere, these photographs present a glimpse of what this common heritage conceals, and are part of the summer tour Une traversée photographique en Bretagne which proposes a jouney through more than 15 exhibitions through out Brittany.
Olga Chernysheva (1962, Russia) Lives and works in Moscou.
Gilles Ehrmann (1928-2005, France)
Anita Gauran (1988, France) Lives and works in Rennes.
Raymond Hains (1926-2005, France)
Estelle Hanania (1980, France) Lives and works in Paris.
Bethan Huws (1961, Great Britain) Lives and works in Berlin.
Guillaume Janot (1966, France) Lives and works in Lyon.
Gabriel Orozco (1962, Mexico) Lives and works in Mexico city.
Alain Roux (1956, France) Lives and works in Vachendorf.
Maryvonne Rocher-Gilotte (1940-2012, France).
Stephen Shore (1947, USA) Lives and works in New York.
Eric Tabuchi and Nelly Monnier (1960 and 1988, France) Live and work in Paris.
Hervé Thoby (1959, France) Lives and works in Douarnenez.