la cellule (becquemin&sagot) About the artists



                  The two artists of La cellule (Becquemin&Sagot) use sculptures, installations and performances to question desire and its processes. Their works stage the tension between the two expressions of desire – one aiming at sublimation, the other one at consumption. They experiment the desire to be found between Eros and Thanatos. They question the fragile moment where everything can fall apart, be consumed and disappear, their works often come from the absurd as a way to « escape » - in its historical sense of « letting escape a ball properly thrown » : they veer off course. Their apparent lightness unveils a more bitter reality.


La cellule (Becquemin&Sagot) develop their creations in three directions :

Les mécaniques -The mechanics – performances

The mechanics of desire are performances that explore the encounters of what's real and what's invented. They use the instinctual lures of hunger, thirst and sex and make the perception of the work shift from what's extimate to what's intimate.
The works of La cellule (Becquemin&Sagot) are the offspring of contextual and participative art. They question what consumes modern man – impulse or sublimation.

Les échappées belles - Great escapes – sculptures

The great escapes use objects under existential crisis : they are playing truant and fleeing from their destiny. When they refuse their true nature; whatever the process – perishable or material, the anthropomorphisation of the object or its de-functionalization – they are shifting from their ontology. Oscillating between « the domesticated form of merchandise » and the status of works of art, they make us think about our relationship to the world – somewhere between consumption and esthetical experiment.

Desire archives - drawings, paintings, photographies

                 La cellule (Becquemin&Sagot) regularly exhibits in France – art galleries, museums, modern art festivals and fairs – and abroad – Design Tide for Laune Gallery in Tokyo, French Year in Brazil in Rio, Modern Art Museum in Lima, Loft Project Etagi gallery in Saint-Petersburg, French Cultural Centre in Buenos Aires, Croisements festival in Shangai and Beijing, French May festival in Hong-Kong, Art Summit three-yearly fair in Jakarta etc.