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Cumulating immersive artist residences in prisons, Nicolas Daubanes focusses on key issues: life, death, the human condition and its social forms. From steel powder drawings to monumental concrete sabotaged installations, the artist is interested in the combined time of suspension and fall: the aim is to see, before the destruction, the life force. “In my latest works speed, fragility, porosity, the ghost-like quality of pictures and material express the pressure of the past as well as what is about to happen. My art is a long-term endeavour; it charts a path. From my very first to my latest work one can see a definite evolution, a path that leads to a search for freedom and some amount of ‘letting go’. I try to experiment intensity and rigour; I play with mental, visual and physical danger. I always choose to balance form and content in a subtle way. For instance, sugar added to concrete illustrates the failed gesture of the French ‘Resistants’ during World War II. The iron filings that I use in my drawings symbolize the prison bars as well as the files that enable a prisoner to escape… The point is to see the vital energy before the final fall and destruction.”
The artist residency programme is organised by the CAC - la synagogue de Delme in collaboration with the Lorraine Regional Natural Park and the Commune of Lindre-Basse.