Laurent Pernot
Laurent Pernot © Evgenia Smolianskaia

Laurent Pernot

I always see each idea and project like a new search, a new experience, with an element of unknown.

Laurent Pernot is a visual artist. He questions the origin and fragility of the living through a plurality of mediums. His works are exposed in the framework of the exhibition I’m looking for a place where no one ever dies presented at CHRONIQUES, the Biennale of Digital Imagination in Aix-en-Provence, taking place from 12 November 2020 to 17 January 2021.

Updated on 17/11/2020

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Laurent Pernot graduated with a masters in Photography & multimedia from Université Paris VIII and the Le Fresnoy Studio national des arts contemporains (National Contemporary Arts Studio), and started his career as an artist by using photography, music and video installation. After many trips abroad, he explored painting and sculpture through several series of works like Retour sauvage (Wild return) (2016) covered in book ashes. Winner of the SAM prize for contemporary art in 2010, thanks to it he created the Ruée vers la perdition exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo in 2011, presenting an ensemble of works, videos, photographs, installations, created in Brazil. They evoke the past and present of the Minas Gerais region, from 17th century gold mines to works of art made using metal extracted from the mountains.

Laurent Pernot’s preferred subjects are time, the human condition and nature, and more precisely “their poetic potential and their interdependence”. The works brought together under the umbrella of the exhibition I’m looking for a place where no one ever dies (2020) questions the notion of eternity. Certain subjects preoccupy him more than others, like the environment, which he works on in series of still lifes like La Fonte des neiges (Melting Snow) (2017). The journey is also a recurrent theme in his work, embodied in Titans (2019) for example, a photographic series in Europe and North America revealing landscapes tested and exploited by man to extract resources. Laurent Pernot likes to play with our perception, the alterability of beings and objects, as such pushing contemplation.

Laurent Pernot undertook his first personal exhibition in 2004 in Sapporo in Japan, a video projection of glass marbles that lets the silhouette of a human body in constant metamorphosis appear. Since then, his works have been presented in museum and foundation collections: in France at the Espace Louis Vuitton, at Palais de Tokyo, the Grand Palais and the Pompidou Centre, in Russia in the Moscow Museum Of Modern Art (MMOMA), in Spain at the Joan Miró Foundation in Barcelona, in Brazil at the São Paulo Biennale or the United Kingdom at the Sketch Gallery in London.

  • 1980


    Laurent Pernot was born in Lons-le-Saunier.

  • 2004


    He started studying Le Fresnoy – Studio national des arts contemporains.

  • 2010


    The artist won the SAM Price for contemporary art.

  • 2014


    His exhibition “Sous les projecteurs” (Under the spotlights) was presented at Studio 13/16 of the centre national d’art et de culture Georges-Pompidou (Pompidou Centre).

  • 2020


    Laurent Pernot exhibited at CHRONIQUES, Biennale of Digital Imagination in Aix-en-Provence.

The Institut francais and the artist

With his exhibition I’m looking for a place where no one ever dies, Laurent Pernot is programmed as part of Chroniques, the Biennale of Digital Imagination (taking place from 12 November 2020 to 17 January 2021). The Institut français is a partner of Chroniques with the Focus digital arts and creations. 

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