The wall in contemporary art: a phenomenological and geopolitical study

Doctoral thesis in philosophy. University of Burgundy Franche-Comté, Laboratory of the Logic of Action. 2009-2013.

In the 21st century, the image of globalization, an already problematic term, is a priori paradoxically corollary to an increasing erection of barriers of separation. We focus on the artistic interpretation of this, which is itself considered within geopolitical, psychogeographical and historical notions. How and why would the wall-object make artists think? First, the historical development outlines the characteristics and contexts of our phenomenal object. Then, the effective phenomenology initially refers to the Berlin Wall as a possible metaphor for the other two wall-objects studied: that of Israel and Palestine, and that between Mexico and the United States. The register of the real is understood by the sovereignty of States, that of the symbolic by the attachment to territory and cultural identity, and that of the imaginary by the relationship to the other and to oneself. The confrontation of the border (limology) associated with the strategy of the wall (teichos), would reveal an imbalance of the very principles of universality. Finally, the globalization as exchange of interests is the one that would favor the existence of the object-wall; and a hyperreal perception of the object would be more of the fact of the artists foreign to the phenomenon.


The sun, the moon and the stars… The Madrid Movida: photographic and pictorial expressions

Master’s degree in Art history. University of Burgundy Franche-Comté. 2004-2006

Research and field work on the artistic creation developed during the Movida Madrilena. After the fall of the Franco regime in 1975, Spain experienced a cultural and artistic revival that was wrongly characterized by all kinds of excesses. The delicate specificities of the democratic transition contrast with the more radical rupture of the Movida. The study of the sociological, political and economic context reveals the complexity and spontaneity of a movement that did not declare itself as such. 

The capital will be “reconquered” by a group of people thirsty for experiences and diverse expressions. The creation is fast, effective. One will appreciate essentially the fashion, the music (rock, punk, pop), the figurative painting, the photography or the comic strip. In cinema, Almodovar is the most emblematic protagonist outside the borders. He is not alone and emanates from a whole underground, hedonistic and apolitical wave that we suggest you (re)discover here. A more in-depth study of plastic artists (Ouka Leele, Ceesepe, El Hortelano, Las Costus) will demonstrate the state of mind of the time. The Movida was a spontaneous response after 40 years of dictatorship and is fully in line with a period of postmodern mutations.


Art in Auroville or creating utopia in India.

Independent research / Field project conducted with Laëtitia David from June to September 2003 following by a travelling exhibition in France in eight places including the Saline Royale d’Arc et Senans. Works: 30 analog photos and 10 interviews / Duration : September 2003 – May 2004

This field approach allows to discover the creation in the utopian city of Auroville. The experience of a dozen artists reveals a part of the concerns of this international community. The creative space and its architectural environment are the products of an ideal in the making. How do the artists interpret this permanent research and multicultural influences? Utopia can be understood according to the creations that gravitate around it.

The development of Auroville is based on the local populations, the city is thus characterized by a particular integration into the Indian environment. With its handicrafts in particular, creativity belongs to a new aesthetic variation. Born from a spiritual approach, the evolution of the concepts of the utopian city is complex and sometimes paradoxical.