Visual artist

Benoît Maire

Benoît Maire

2021-2022
2021-2022

Born in Pessac (France) in 1978, Benoît Maire is a visual artist.

After studying philosophy, Benoît Maire obtained his National Higher Diploma in Visual Expression (DNSEP) at Villa Arson in Nice before carrying out a research residency at the Pavillon du Palais de Tokyo. Using philosophy, historical texts and artistic references as departure points, Benoît Maire has developed a polymorphous practice that is also deployed in the form of lectures, publications and exhibition curatorships. He nurtures his thoughts on theory and its practical expression through objects and texts by collaborating regularly with such artists as Étienne Chambaud, Alex Cecchetti and Falke Pisano.

The research project he is working on at Villa Medici is entitled “La main en peinture et le papier imprimé” (The Hand in Painting and Printed Paper). It consists of producing a series of works in different mediums (photographs, paintings, texts and sculptures) which together will form an investigation of the transition from the iconic hand of Italian primitivism to the fleshly hand of the Renaissance. His hypothesis suggests that the appearance of the printing press in the late 15th century helped reformulate paintings of hands, which lost their power of conceptual (deictic) designation and acquired a more realistic affective weight. Benoît Maire’s work resides in the tension that arises when the hand seeks to find itself between two sensitive systems.

 

 

 

Image : portrait Benoît Maire © Lionel Roux