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Morgan Courtois

Born 1988 in Abbeville (France),
lives and works in Paris (France)

Inspired by botany, architecture and the male body, the works of Morgan Courtois embrace the figurative, the decorative and the sensual. For the Biennale, he has crafted a baroque and minimal landscape fusing the traditional categories and representations that juxtapose subject and object, nature and artifice. The piece is based on erotic photographs of the early 20th century, together with posing sessions held in his studio, but he has only retained certain details – enlarging them to play, for instance, on the organic ambiguity between the fold of an armpit and the pleat of a fabric – and has combined them with outsized fragments of vegetation.

With the help of Brochier Soieries

Morgan Courtois, A blow. Falling forms. Armpits, hip and twisted back with a bouquet of Heracleum mantegazzianum (détail), 2019. Courtesy de l’artiste et [of the artist and] Balice Hertling, Paris. © Blaise Adilon