“Crocus Sativus Flower of happiness” by Guillaume Barth

The preciosity of the crocus flower is at the heart of the Crocus Sativus Fleur du bonheur project by young French artist Guillaume Barth, which combines poetry, botany and mysticism. Barth’s interest in the saffron crocus began in 2017 with a trip to Iran, and the reading of Sufi poems. The contemplation of flowers - and [...]

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The forest, branching out as an exhibition theme

The forest is now emerging as an exhibition theme in its own right in the field of contemporary art, and is no longer just in natural history museums. Last year, the Fondation Cartier in Paris hosted an exhibition on an unprecedented scale on the theme of the forest: "Nous, les arbres” (We trees) (July 12, [...]

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Which wood certification to trust: PEFC or FSC?

FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) and PEFC (Program of the Endorsement of Forest Certification) are the two main wood certifiers. They address forest management, the traceability of wood processing, and the social dimension of workers. According to WWF, "FSC certification is the only one that is sufficiently demanding in the face of the challenges of the [...]

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Brazil: the forest at the crossroads of art and struggle

The Brazilian government is muzzling the fight against illegal logging, intensive farming and illegal mining in the country, destroying the Amazon forest while its inhabitants are already struggling against the pressures of global warming. The artists of Brazil - from the Amerindians tribes to those from Brazilians cities - are building a strong dynamic to [...]

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Special Art & Forests: portrait of Sara Favriau

Sara Favriau, born in 1983, shifts scales, symbols and objects - often with humor - bringing out the meaning of fortuitous, sometimes accidental encounters. If trees occupy an important place in this game of chance, they are also of interest to the artist because of triple temporality, articulating the past, the present and the future. [...]

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Special Art & Forests: portrait of Fabrice Hyber

The forest occupies a major place in the work and life of contemporary artist Fabrice Hyber, born in 1961. When he started planting a forest thirty years ago on land he bought with his first savings, it was not only a real innovation but also a step aside from a world of contemporary art, more [...]

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Special Art & Forets: portrait of Vincent Laval

"The forest is what drives me, amazes me, makes me doubt, makes me want to fight, to create and to see tomorrow. I am learning to accept that I will only be part of it as a loving visitor, as an animal that, crossing the edges, remembers who he could have been, but also who [...]

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In France, a new biotope in contemporary art

In this period disrupted for months by a sanitary crises that forces us to rethink our lifestyles, the current exhibitions in French galleries and art centers unveils a new generation of artists, attached to nature and committed to the environment, the climate and the preservation of biodiversity. These exhibitions follow the wave of urban exoduses [...]

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21 good news in 2021

Let’s start the year 2021 with 21 items of good news and let us voluntarily place ourselves under the sign of optimism, according to a famous quote by Antonio Gramsci: "We must combine the pessimism of reason with the optimism of will". The year 2020, so unprecedented, has led us to constantly adapt, develop and [...]

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The environment becomes the cynosure for the international art scene

While the artistic activity of Autumn 2020 has been hampered, shaken up and weakened by the resurgence of the pandemic, contemporary art exhibitions on ecological issues are in rude health! Having explored a number of exhibitions in France (see our article, here), now we offer you an overview of some of the highlights and unusual [...]

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