Alexis Gautier (°1990, FR) is based in Brussels, Frankfurt Am Main and Brittany. His work explores the relationships at play in cultural transactions and collaborations through the creation of narratives. Often made with other individuals, his work creates a space for exchanges and appropriation, weaving encounters, discoveries and misunderstandings.
In his art practice, Gautier works with a self-created network of social relations, creating collective narratives and translating them into textiles, sculptures, videos, stories, drawings and exhibition contexts. His work can be seen as a visual encounter, created by Gautier’s collective narrative and vocabulary entering into real and fictional realms. He challenges notions of exchange, value and authorship by inviting other artists to write fiction together, creating a practice as a continuous process of collective meaning-making.
Alexis is a graduate from the Städelschule in Frankfurt Am Main (DE) and from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Antwerp (BE), where he is currently a researcher in the arts. He has had solo exhibitions at Museum M Leuven (2021), Island (Brussels, 2020), Basis (Frankfurt Am Main, 2019), Blue Mountain School (London, 2018) and Bozar (Brussels, 2017). Group shows include The Goethe Institut (Dublin, 2022), Manifesta (Marseille 2021) and the New Wight Biennial (Los Angeles, 2020). In May 2022, Gautier presents a new solo exhibition at CIAP Kunstverein in Genk curated by Alicja Melzacka & Orlando Maaike Gouwenberg. Alexis is a recipient of the Günther-Peill Stiftung (Düren, DE), and is supported by the Fondation des Artistes (Paris, FR) and by the Flanders Art Fund (BE).