Channeling figures of the amateur and the scavenger I strive to frame desires in cinematic images that speak of love and decay.
Through films, I play with various genres and other conventions of form as a front for the collaborative practices in image-making, from writing to costume design, performing and camera-work. These collaborations are often one-to-one, with each scene becoming an exercise in mutual auto-fiction, collaborative self-portraitures, projections, identifications and play-acting. The characters and their performances are always put in relation to certain environments, showing a commitment to subverting the sets that surround us and activating them through storytelling.
This is especially clear in the photo booklets, slideshows and readings which track certain motifs in post-urban environments, casting them in a mid-apocalyptic glow heightened by love and longing.
To highlight a strange, dreamlike and toxic (as in active and transformative) quality in images of places is also the purpose of the dot works. The pattern evokes infection or hallucination and is overlaid on images such as old postcards, revealing and concealing, preserving and perverting the image (material, mental and mythical).
The amateur is interested in practices that enable experimental moments of sociality through collaboration, representation and play. The scavenger is constantly alert and invested in finding the moments of decomposition in our constructed environments.
François Pisapia (*1990, Montréal, CA) is an artist and filmmaker living and working in Berlin. His artistic practice moves through sculpture, installation, photography, performance and video. Pisapia completed a BFA in Design from Concordia University and graduated from the Städelschule film class of Douglas Gordon, having also studied with Laure Prouvost, Gerard Byrne and Wu Tsang. His work has been screened and exhibited at the Centre for Contemporary Art (Glasgow), Staedel Museum (Frankfurt), Mal Seh’n Kino (Frankfurt), Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Czech Centre (New York) and Centre Clark (Montréal).