François Delebecque,came from a family of aesthetes, raised in Strasbourg, Milan and Paris, he was born in La Baule, a family holiday home. Villeggiatura: city of delizia.
As a pensioner in Rome, he totally practiced this exercise of admiration withinin the walls of the Villa Medicis. Photography gradually expanded into installations and gained strengh. François developed his epic by allusions and approximations. He is a corporal and cerebral player, the complexity befits him provided he never loses the thread of humor.
His photography work is a step, he settles where his gaze stops, where the can build a narration. To travel the landscapes according to the will or the demand supposes a dynamics of the movement to which he bends with flexibility: physical training obliges. The discipline is not free of mental rigor, it is understood, but for him are added surprising improvisations, and one could believe they were backward games.
In the open fields or in the night of the workshop, he makes his narration as others painted on the motif. The hand is the relay, clever program maker launched elsewhere, settling dreams, sometimes going back childhood.
His gesture is poetic in the Greek meaning (poiein) meaning to do, to create. The vocabulary is light, moon, iron, corrugated cardboard and advanced digital tools. The epic of his objects of desire rests on powerful forces of suggestion, the are cheerful and yet nostalgic.
Otium & Negotium
The sporadic or prolonged time with intellectual implications, with the reality of the desired distance from everyday life, defines its otium: its studious freedom. François devotes himself voluptuously to the teaching and the design of children’s books with which he is in happy osmosis: it is his negotium. He is active in the city the given time.
The writing about oneself, said the other, sometimes finds a bridge to the shared world of sensations: François Delebecque writes this manifesto in four dimensions.
Brigitte de Malau, author
François Delebecque – The Skirt and the Hammer
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