an investigative photo documentary

Exclusive 18-page photo essay from our investigative journalist team in collaboration with award-winning photojournalist Corentin Fohlen. Location: Paris, France Copyright Wondereur 2019.

MEET with artist Facteur Chevaux curated by a driving force in the French art scene Jean-Max Colard.

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PREVIOUSLY WE WERE QUITE SAD.
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We were focused on conceptual performance art and it became too intelligent and wordy.
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SO WE’VE DECIDED TO QUIT MAKING CONCEPTUAL ART.
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We wanted to do more simple things and create objects that have their own life.
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OBJECTS THAT ARE COMPLETELY AUTONOMOUS AND FREE, THAT NEED NO EXPLANATION.
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Bonhomme sculptures don’t need any justification or discussion around them to be understood and loved by people.
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A bonhomme is simply a representation, a summary or simplification of a man or woman. It just needs to be made in a way that calls to mind the human figure.
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WE COULD SAY A BONHOMME IS A UNIVERSAL REPRESENTATION OF WHAT A ‘HUMAN’ IS.
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The 'bonhomme' has large existential implications. It's very simple: the more bonshommes, the more houses; the more houses, the more building blocks; the more building blocks, the more sand; the more sand, the more sand castles. And ultimately, eventually, the more graves. Logically.
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Our goal is to make sure that all adults take over the production of bonshommes.
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PRODUCING BONSHOMMES SHOULD NOT BE LEFT TO CHILDREN.
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The name Facteur Chevaux is derived from the naïve French artist, Facteur Cheval, who is well-known for collecting stones to build the Le Palais idéal in France.
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Our duo is well balanced. We don't have any difficulty understanding each other. An energy is created that makes us more ambitious.
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The goal of an artist is to convince people that what interests him or her is indeed interesting for all of us. But first: working in a duo, you have to convince the other.
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ONCE YOU CONVINCE THE OTHER, THEN YOU CAN TRY CONVINCING THE REST OF THE WORLD.