Benoît Piéron creates moments, installations and objects. His work untangles the sensuality of plants, the borders of the body and the temporality of waiting rooms. From cosmogonic cabins and patchwork tents, to hand drawn wallpapers and metabolised gardens, Pieron’s practice is an art of survival. Living with and through various illnesses, his work deals with the uncertainty of life, death and immunity. His practice draws on surrounding hospitals and medical environments for materials, reappropriating them to unlock other enchanting worlds free of binaries and boundaries. For his Chisenhale commission, Piéron will produce a new body of work that explores illness and hallucination as spaces of potential and abundance. Piéron’s first artist publication will be developed alongside the commission.
Benoît Piéron lives and works in Paris, France. Selected exhibitions include: Illness Shower, Galerie Sultana, Arles (2022); Deux drapeaux, une belladone, L’alcôve, Paris (2021); VIH/sida, l’épidémie n’est pas finie, Mucem, Marseille (2021); Plaid, Cité internationale des Arts, Paris (2021); Mort is more, Brasserie Atlas, Brussels (2021); Seconde peau, soft walls, patch.e.s & soap, Open Source Body, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris (2021); [Random], Centre d’Art Contemporain Les Tanneries, Amilly (2018), La redite en somme ne s’amuse pas de sa répétition singulière, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2016); Dans le sens des veines, Galerie Fernand Léger, Ivry-sur-Seine (2015). This year, he is nominated for the 2022 Prix Fondation Pernod Ricard. He was in residence at the Hermès Foundation, Lyon (2010), the Casa de Velázquez- Académie de France, Madrid (2011), Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris (2020), and from September 2022 the Pinault Collection welcomes Piéron as their artist-in-residence at Lens.