Thibault Laget-ro

© Thibault Laget-ro, Transmigration, 2015, acrylique sur toile, 180 cm x 240 cm. Photo : Avec l'aimable autorisation de l'artiste.
© Thibault Laget-ro, Transmigration, 2015. Acrylic on canvas, 180 cm x 240 cm. Photo : Courtesy of the artist.

THIBAULT LAGET-RO
Grosrouvre (France)

Approach

For several years, Thibault Laget-ro has been interested in the concept of freedom and in one person’s experience of itrelative tothat of another and according to various cultural contexts. His art practice contrasts those who live through events that undermine freedom and their violent consequences, with those who witness these tensions, at a later time several thousand kilometers away in considerable comfort.

To do this, he works in collaboration with war correspondents. This is the way that he has looked at the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Arab Spring and, more recently, the war in Syria before this became an international concern.

Gradually, the exodus, this ultimate flight to escape death, has become his main concern. Since then, he has endeavoured to trace this journey of crossing the Mediterranean Sea, one of the most perilous and dreaded expanses of water.

Project

In the context of the Symposium, the artist will explore the notion of pied-à-terre in a very graphic pictorial style. Taking inspiration from ships passing by off the coast of Baie-Saint-Paul and looking atthe streets, beaches and docks, he will imagine these same places receiving a great number of migrant families. Common and well-known places, elements of daily life that are humdrum for some, will be shown as the promise of a better life for others.

In parallel to thisimagined scene and taking a more conceptual approach, he will produce a series of 200 passports, documents providing proof of identity, of belonging and the advantage of a certain freedom. Over the course of the event, these 200 passports that “open doors” will be distributed to visitors, giving them the chance to become aware of their privileged position. With time, these documents will become damaged,lost or stolen, and with a little luck they even will cross some borders. This chain will not go on forever and its fading will emphasize that freedom is both invaluable and ephemeral.

Biography

Born in Tokyo, Thibault Laget-ro is a figurative painter. He has a degree in economics from Université Sorbonne 1, and was a student in the studios of Hubert de Chalvron and Jean-Marc Thommen at the École normale supérieur des beaux-arts de Paris. He then worked with sculptor Arnaud Kasper and continued his training at a residency in Santa Fe in the United States.

Along with his activities as a painter, he published a collection of short stories at Éditions Kalara in 2012. The same year, he received the third Daniel Walter short story prize for another work at the Summerlied Festival.

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Photo: Courtesy of the artist.
Photo: Courtesy of the artist.
© Thibault Laget-ro, Le départ, 2014, acrylique sur toile, 97 cm x 130 cm. Photo : Avec l'aimable autorisation de l'artiste.
© Thibault Laget-ro, Le départ, 2014. Acrylic on canvas, 97 cm x 130 cm. Photo : Courtesy of the artist.
© Thibault Laget-ro, Nage à Alep, 2014, acrylique sur toile, 140 cm x 160 cm. Photo : Avec l'aimable autorisation de l'artiste.
© Thibault Laget-ro, Nage à Alep, 2014. Acrylic on canvas, 140 cm x 160 cm. Photo : Courtesy of the artist.
© Thibault Laget-ro, Arrivée, 2015, acrylique sur toile, 80 cm x 80 cm. Photo : Avec l'aimable autorisation de l'artiste.
© Thibault Laget-ro, Arrivée, 2015. Acrylic on canvas, 80 cm x 80 cm. Photo : Courtesy of the artist.