Artist: Jean-Francois Pirson / Brussels Belgium
Space opens up as emptiness in contrast to the earth. On this earth, beings an objects together give shape to spaces. How, in this emptiness, on this earth, should we make our way, inhabit or produce a few material traces, between the movement of beings and objects, between the world and oneself?
An artist and teacher, honorary professor at the Higher Institute of Architecture in Liege, Jean-François Pirson expressives his relationship with space through an array of artistic and educational practices : photography, drawing, installations, texts, walks and workshops.
In the last few years, Jean-François Pirson combines his travels and his walks with his exploratory practices of space and uses photography as a medium to put in perspective parts of the world. Some installations : WE ARE HERE, International Photo Festival, Aleppo, Syria, 2006 ; NOUS SOMMES ICI, La Lettre volée, Brussels, 2007 ; 6th International Biennal of Photography, Territoires, Liege, with a travelling Installation, WASTELAND, 2008 ; DESSINE-MOI UN VOYAGE, The Centro de Artes Visuais, Coimbra, Portugal, 2010 ; SI UN JARDIN PEUT-ÊTRE, Summer of Photography, Brussels, 2010 ; IN THE INFINITE SPACE OF OUR HUMANITY, 11th International Photo Festival, Aleppo, Syria, 2012.
Jean-François Pirson published ASPÉRITÉS EN MOUVEMENTS, DESSINE-MOI UN VOYAGE / DRAW ME A JOURNEY, ENTRE LE MONDE ET SOI – PRATIQUES EXPLORATOIRES DE L’ESPACE, CAHIERS DE BEYROUTH, Brussels, La Lettre volée, 2001, 2006, 2008 and 2009.
“The silence that faces up to things is something I detect in several of Jean-François Pirson’s photographs, in a switch to imagery founded on the physical search for a point of view, the right place to stand, or the place from which to deploy the eye in order to embrace the scope : all the contained space. Photography is essentially immobile, but when infused by walking, it takes on a view of space that is constructed as perception in movement. There is no subject, no centre, but intervals, lines, densities and voids, tenuous forms of continuity, and bodies, beings and their fragile dance, often minuscule, being there at that instant, traces of occupation – or not. How do the things of the world hold together?”
Sonja Dicquemare, The concrete Passerby, in FENETRE SUR N°1, Jean-François Pirson, Pédagogies de l’espace – Workshops, Cellule architecture, Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Brussels, 2011, p. 175.