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 Relief (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 (2012-16). 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Forest studio : Arboretum of Tahanfagne Facebook Instagram
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