Born 1974 in Paris (France),
lives and works in Paris (France)
Whether releasing a pack of wolves or rerouting the bed of the river Seine, Stéphane Thidet seeks “impact”. The situations the artist creates – collective imagination colliding with intimate fantasies, a sense of déjà vu, and their sheer incongruity – generate short-circuits that yield images. Thidet will import into the Fagor Factory a portion of countryside – the scenery generally viewed through a high-speed train window, but which, for a certain kind of youth, is a reality to be sculpted and tamed, and which they sometimes rev up with trail bikes and other customised vehicles. When at rest, this landscape retains the scars of human acts, and confirms the intuition continually substantiated by Stéphane Thidet: nature has no monopoly on savagery.