For his participation in Bien Urbain, Olivier Kosta Théfaine deposited bouquets of flowers on the reception bank of the Frac Franche-Comté.
Each day, a bouquet blooms, corresponding to a district of Besançon. The bouquets were then exhibited day after day at Chez Urbain (festival HQ), to form a final composition representing the city of Besançon.
“The idea is to try to create a ‘cartography’ of Besançon’s urban landscape, by taking what I call the ‘pet flora’, all the wild vegetation that grows through the asphalt of the streets and which is considered more like weeds. My desire is to focus on one district, then another, to document and take flowers and plants in order to create bouquets.
There are as many bouquets as there are neighbourhoods, imagining a diversity in the compositions: the bouquet from a working-class neighbourhood will certainly not look like the one from a more chic neighbourhood, because the vegetation may be less dense there for example, perhaps because the streets are more clean.
There is this desire to talk about the city in a different way, to reveal to others what is not considered or not seen, “weeds” that acquire a different status when they are in the form of a composed bouquet, that exist as “real” flowers when they are in a vase on a desk, and this in-between, between a work of art and a common object, at the entrance to the Frac, on the counter.” OKT
Bien Urbain 5
2 weeks : from 6th to 21th June 2015 + Chez Urbain open during all the summer
Associate artist : Eltono (FR)
17 invited artists : Eltono (FR), Honet (FR), Isauro Huizar (MX), Etienne Bultingaire (FR), Couch (JP), THTF (FR), Epos 257 (CZ), Simon Bernheim (FR), Olivier Kosta-Théfaine (FR), Luce (ES), Tricyclique Dol (FR), Huskmitnavn (DK), Influenza – Jeroen Jongeleen (NL), 3ttman (FR), Specter (US), Remed (FR), Nano 4814 (ES)
The forms, motifs, and materials that Olivier Kosta-Théfaine uses are borrowed from what towns hold to be ‘non-institutional’, and are put in dialogue with official culture. Through a baroque ceiling ‘painted’ with the soot from a cigarette lighter, a French garden made from shards of broken bottles, or a guide to bad grass, Olivier Kosta- Théfaine revisits the aesthetic of the city and questions the clichés that it conveys with both humour and poetry.
Élisa Murcia-Artengo, Quentin Coussirat