Michel François Brussels
Belgian artist Michel François (1956) was born in Sint-Truiden. Using sculpture, photography, video and installations, Michel François takes on, shakes up and questions a reality through which he has become something of a nomad for some time. From real life, Michel François takes, re-frames and repositions fragments, zooms in on situations, fixes moments that, when highlighted, translate the subjectivity of man and determine his singularity and irreducibility into schemas and uniform models. Michel François’s deeply playful, poetic and generous view turns the immediate environment into an exotic and sensual show in which the acting and surprise, but also the solemnity and incongruity, reveal the depth and density of mankind. In keeping with his “channel-hopping” way of looking at things, Michel François also works on staging the object by reformulating the relationship between the work and the exhibition, making the relationships between art and reality more dynamic. His exhibitions include Documenta IX, Kassel, 1992; Palais des Beaux-Arts de Bruxelles, 1992; 22nd Sao Paulo Biennale, 1994; Witte De With, Rotterdam, 1997; Kunsthalle in Berne, 1999; Venice Biennale 1999; Haus der Kunst, Munich, 2000; Art Pace Foundation, San Antonio, Texas, 2004; SMAK, Ghent, 2009; Institut d’art contemporain, Villeurbanne, 2010; Mac’s Grand Hornu, 2012; CRAC, Sète, 2012; and IKON Birmingham 2014. He has also collaborated on several occasions with the choreographers Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Pierre Droulers. He teaches at the École Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Paris.
After gaining a masters in drama from the Institut des Arts de Diffusion in Louvain-la-Neuve, Léone François Janssens now expands her activities to include working alongside her father on a show where their different disciplines meet. Formerly an assistant at the La Fabrique Imaginaire company alongside Ève Bonfanti and Yves Hundstad on the creations Tragédie Comique, Café du Port and Bonheur in 2013, she has extended her work as a theatre actor to performance and film by way of television. Currently writing a dissertation on the “Theatricality of Art”, she accepts that she is an actor who has always been involved in visual art. In her writing and directing, she questions the plasticity of the script and is interested in language and spaces that are basically created by investing notions of “je” and “jeu”, I and acting. She has appeared in theatre productions such as Sam Shepard’s Curse of the Starving Class directed by Mireille Cherbonnier, 2008; Juan Mayorga’s Hamelindirected by Luc Van Grunderbeek, 2010; Ingmar Bergman’s Scenes from a Marriage directed by Michel Wright, 2011; Jean Racine’s Phèdredirected by Itsik Elbaz, 2012; Go to bed young dreamer, a new work by XavierLukomski, 2013; and Nuit d’été by Jean Michel d’Hoop, 2014. Film performances include the lead female role in the feature film Lone Wolf made by Axel de Ville and Sebastien de Buyl, 2012; the short films Washing Time and Synthèse by Julien Courivaud, 2013; I Am a Secret, a shortfilm by Coline Grando (festival Nikon), 2013; Baby Balloon, a feature filmby Stefan Liberki, 2013; and on TV the role of Eva in the series Typique for RTBF, 2011-2014.