They’re called “urban lies” as Pierre Delavie’s work questions reality and challenges our visual perception. Softening an Haussmannian building on Avenue George V in Paris, re-establishing the Chateau de Versailles’ strict architectural alignment, distorting La Canebière (the historic high street in the old quarter of Marseille, France) for the event “Marseille, European Capital of Culture” remains his way to change reality in order to better reveal it, all while soaking up the history of the chosen environment.
On January 11, he set up a sinking “Radeau de Lampeduse” in the Seine, without permission. The monumental canvas unwound for hours in front of the Hotel de Ville, as a way to protest the mistreatment inflicted on refugees, while supporting the BAAM (a center for welcoming and aiding migrants), which sent their wishes to elected officials.
Naturally connected to his presence at the Loo & Lou Gallery, he said: “I found a new momentum of outdoor to indoor there, in relation with my research on contextual art. I’m trying out an encompassing, holistic attempt. The displacement of “Nuit Debout” and the movement against the work law is part of the Parisian reality. What’s been vibrating around the Place de la République since 1789, without being seen, is what we saw.”
And if the traces have disappeared, they will reappear in brushstrokes capable of definitively freezing the incessant film of daily life.