Franck Bragigand’s (b. 1971, lives and works in Amsterdam) work addresses questions of production and worth. He collects random objects that are no longer of use to their previous owners and paints them, infusing them with a second life as elements in an artwork. He reacts to patterns of mass manufacture and consumption, criticizing 21st century society of trash culture, and questions the value attributed to artwork. His solo exhibitions include those at venues such as Lumen Travo Gallery (Amsterdam) and Centre Européen Action Artistique Contemporaine (Strasbourg), as well as group shows including at the 21st Century Museum (Kanazawa).
Franck Bragigand presents the results of socially-engaged workshops. Bragigand’s workshop at Dar Al-Tifl, an orphanage in Marrakech, is based on an exchange between the children and the artist. Since few year Dar Al-Tifl organizes several workshops, in collaboration with Janelly and Jean-René Fourtou Foundation, with artists and performers from Morocco and abroad. In this production broken pieces of pottery were recycled to include writings about how the children perceive the world. These writings, in many instances, relate to traumatisms witnessed in daily life or in the media, where one ceramic, for example, reads “Gaza” and another “No war”. The work is installed in two locations: Palais Bahia and Dar Al-Tifl.