David Douard

Language is the very basis of David Douard’s work. The texts and poems he collects on the Internet are manipulated, transformed in order to become a vital flow, feeding into his sculptures. Through language as an ingredient, David Douard redefines space as hybrid and collective by injecting anonymous, chaotic, deviant, ill and frustrating poems in it. As he recreates an infected environment where the real world used to be, the fantasy brought by new digital technologies expands.

Graduated from the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris in 2011 and now teaching at the École nationale supérieure d’arts de Paris Cergy, his work has been shown in solo and collective exhibitions by international institutions such as UCCA Dune, Qinhuagdao (2023); Serralves Museum, Porto (2022); FRAC Île-de-France, Paris (2020); Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2019); KURA. c/o Fonderia Artistica Battaglia, Milan (2018); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2014 and 2018); Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris (2015 and 2017); Kunstverein Braunschweig, Braunschweig (2016); Fridericianum, Kassel (2015); Sculpture Center, New York (2014); Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo (2014); Fondation Pernod Ricard, Paris (2012).

David Douard participated in numerous biennials: Biennale de Lyon (2013); Taipei Biennial (2014); Gwangju Biennale (2018).

David Douard was a resident fellows at the French Academy in Rome, Villa Medici in 2017-2018.

In 2017 he received the Fondazione Ettore Fico Prize on the occasion of the Artissima fair in Turin.

His works have joined the collections of Serralves Museum, Porto; Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris; CNAP, Paris; FRAC Île-de-France, Paris; FRAC Limousin, Limoges.

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