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The Bather
Inkjet print – 86.6 x 128.3 inches
Concrete bath tub – 23 x 60 x 31.5 inches
2017

To swim in the murky waters of the Yamuna, a teenager filled his bathing suit with bits of Styrofoam. Fragile body that tries not to sink in the middle of a natural environment threatened by gigantic concrete infrastructure. Styrofoam is the material usually used for packing goods. Here he protects a young body that indulges in the pleasure of swimming on the holy Yamuna river, expresses resistance to a global world that is dehumanized.


Double Augustin–Delhi
Inkjet print
73 x 59 inches
2017

“I met  Augustin during my wanderings on the banks of the river Yamuna in Delhi. Everyday, for over many decades, Augustin has undertaken to rummage the riverbed, not only to clean it  but also to find objects that he can sell. Augustin likes to say : "I am a social worker !". With the money recovered from the sale of these objects, he provides for his own needs but also helps the poorest people around him. We have met several times in recent years and I wanted to pay tribute to him by making a set of pieces, the fruits of our collaboration. I suggested filming him during a week, as he searched for objects at the bottom of the river and to sell me these objects, which I then used to make it a set of seven sculptures as seven days of collect. At the age of 8 Augustin was converted to Catholicism and today he is founding the objects of Hindu rituals from the Yamuna. I wanted to open a questioning around this passage by exposing the photography The Bridge. »
François Daireaux

The Bridge,Yamuna River- Delhi
Inkjet print
59 x 88.5 inches
2017

Augustin, Seven Days
Set of 7 sculptures
Black rubber, objects from the Yamuna River
2017

Augustin, Seven Days
Set of 7 sculptures
Black rubber, objects from the Yamuna River
2017

Suite
Color video with sound
Duration- 127 mins
(Work in progress)
2004-2017

‘Suite’ as the title suggests is a vast corpus of video work started by François Daireaux in the year 2004 and remains an ongoing one. The artist has captured and composed 176 sequences depicting gestures/actions of manual workers till date. These are endangered gestures that François Daireaux has constantly filmed and gleaned during his stay in Algeria, Argentina, Bolivia, China, India, Morocco, Mexico, Uzbekistan and Pakistan. With every passing year, the video is reworked and readjusted as new gestures that have been recorded are added and further readapted according to the context of an exhibition. It is the artist’s preoccupation to keep recording gestures in a global context, making it a work continuously in progress.

Bhagwati

63 min
Original Version : Hindi / Subtitles : English

‘Devki’ is the owner of “Bhagwati Glass Enterprises”, a glass tube factory in Firozabad that he created in the year 1973. After devoting himself to the business for more than three decades, he now doesn’t visit any of the production units himself. He stays confined to his office and controls work through a screen with images sent from six surveillance cameras placed in different sections of the factory. These blurred and vacillating images are his only contact with the activity of his workers, who produce phenomenal quantities of glass tubes, day and night.

François Daireaux, spent days in Devki’s office for days filming these images displayed on the control screen along with recording some off-screen conversations. Devki’s office constantly had visitors who were friends, business associates, workers and acquaintances. The artist as an observer sat there filming these intimate, political and/or economic dialogues which turned the place into a veritable microcosm with a global context sometimes. Behind closed doors, stories unfolded, intersected,and often tales were embroidered, while in the production spaces the workers rested, waited, breathed, and played, in close proximity to the incandescent glass stream that passed by.


The Familiar is Always a Stranger
Duo Show with Ravi Agarwal, from 17th December, 2017 to 13th January, 2018
Gallery Espace
16 Community Centre
New Friends Colony
New Delhi - 110025
www.galleryespace.com