It is through an experimental and conceptual approach that François Winants explores time, light, environment and climate.
He develops instruments, questions scientific tools and photographic processes. Stemming from the development of protocols, his most recent research has lead him to capture with Continuity of topography (2014-18) the mountains and valleys below ocean level and with Hyper Nature (2015-21) question the limits of the earth's atmosphere that extends beyond the orbit of the moon.

Volcanic ash from the eruptions of Icelandic volcanoes that have blocked airspace is introduced into the photographic tray to darken the photographic paper to solarization and produce the Black out series (2015). INCENDIE (2015-20) It is made from luminous instruments (fiber optics) specially produced to be applied on the photographic paper in the developer bath.

A dialogue between creation and destruction, calibration and chance, natural and artificial opens up. It is through study and observation that he develops the mobiles and stations (2007-21), instruments designed to respond to the movements and breathings of the environment and the climate.

In other words, these researches become the witnesses and chemical echoes of a world that advances without us.

François Winants
Forest studio : Arboretum of Tahanfagne

2015 AESS Agrégation, ENSAV La Cambre, Bruxelles
2013 Master Art visuel et de l’espace, ENSAV La Cambre, Bruxelles
2011 Bachelor Art visuel et de l’espace, ENSAV La Cambre, Bruxelles

2021 Embodied forest, Ecoartspace, world wide web, september, curated by Lilian Fraiji
2021 Meakusma Weekend, Eupen, Belgium, september, posposed
2021 Biennale internationale Petit format de papier, Musée du Petit Format & KIKK, Grand Curtius, Liège, Belgium, march
2021 Biennale internationale Petit format de papierMusée du Petit Format & KIKK, WARP, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium, january

2020 Biennale internationale Petit format de papier, Musée du Petit Format & KIKK, Espace Beau Site, Arlon, Belgium, october
2020 Biennale internationale Petit format de papier, Musée du Petit Format & KIKK, Musée du Petit Format, Nismes, Belgium, september
2020 Open Studio, RAVI, Liège, Belgium, september 
2020 Croiser l’espace, L’orangerie, Bastogne, Belgium, september
2020 Reset, Artsouterrain, Montréal, Canada, febuary, Lettre Wallonie-Bruxelles au Quebec, curated by Juliette Bibasse
2020 Open Studio, Millefeuilles, Nantes, France, febuary

2019 Prix Des Arts, W:Halll, Bruxelles, Belgique, novembre
2019 Utopia, 1919-2019 Bauhaus, Goethe Institut Tunesien, Medina de Tunis, Tunisia, november, curated by Mariem Besbes
2019 Archipelagos of fragility, KIKK Festival, Namur, Belgium, october, curated by Marie Du Chastel
2019 Open Studio, Abattoirs de Bomel CCN, Goethe Institut Belgien, KIKK Festival, Namur, Belgium, june

2018 Egarements, MCFA, Marche-en-Famenne, Belgium, october
2018 Curiouser, Gare de Bruxelles-Congrès, Bruxelles, Belgium, june
2018 MASSIF CONTINENTAL, Spa, Belgium, march

2015 Dessine toi-même, Institut Saint Luc, Liège, Belgium, june
2014 Transfert vers l’invisible, Musée Art & Marges, Bruxelles, Belgium, september
2013 Dessin, Iselp, Bruxelles, Belgium, june

2021 Meakusma, Eupen, Belgium, july-september
2021 Le Bel Ordinaure, Pau, France, july 

2020 RAVI, Liège, Belgium, july, september
2020 Abattoirs de Bomel CCN, Namur, Belgium
2020 Résidence AAIR-RAVI, Anvers, Belgium, pre-selected
2020 Résidence Bang-BPS22, Quebec, Canada, pre-selected
2020 Résidence Croisée, Vecteur, MilleFeuilles, Nantes, France, febuary

2019 Imagining Ecological Futures, Goethe Institut Belgien, KIKK Festival & Abattoirs de Bomel CCN, Namur, Belgium, june 

Awards / Grants
2021 Künstlerstipendium, Deutschsprachigen Gemeinschaft Belgiens, Open studio for forest
2021 Aide à la création, Fédération Wallonie Bruxelles, Artwork of environment
2021 Aide à la mobilité, Wallonie Bruxelles International

2020 Aide à la création, Fédération Wallonie Bruxelles, Artwork of environment
2020 Aide à la mobilité, Wallonie Bruxelles International, info

2019 Aide à la création, Fédération Wallonie Bruxelles, Dessins des Cimes
2019 Prix des Arts, Woluwe-Saint-Pierre, Bruxelles

2018 Aide à la création, Fédération Wallonie Bruxelles, Artwork of environment
2017 Aide à la création, Fédération Wallonie Bruxelles, projet INCENDIE
2013 Prix Dess(e)ins, Les traces habiles, Paris, carnets de 2006 à 2013