Pierre Fouché (born 1977) achieved his MA in Fine Arts (Cum Laude) from the University of Stellenbosch in 2006. He has subsequently had 6 solo exhibitions, most recently The lacemaker’s studio at Dock, Basel and These Waves at WHATIFTHEWORLD, and participated in numerous group exhibitions of which Queer Threads at the Leslie+Lohman Museum, New York (2014) and Brave New World, at Iziko SA National Gallery, Cape Town are most recent. In 2006 he won the the ABSA L’atelier art competition which resulted in a 6 month Residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris. From January to April 2014 he was awarded a Prohelvetia residency at IAAB, Basel. At the end of 2015 his work will be exhibited as part of the exhibition Objects in Flux – Exploring the boundaries of Craft at the Boston Museum of Fine Art. Fouché lives and works in Cape Town.
Portraiture, the languorous gaze, domestic photography, and how these intersect with desire is central to the work Pierre Fouché. His employment of these broad categories constitute an example of the subtle and poetic side of queer representation.
Fouché’s work consistently represents individuals, from close familiars to strangers whose likenesses are culled from the realm of domestic photography in all its guises: from scratchy old prints to digital downloads.
The portrait is subsequently crafted. It is woven with lace-bobbins, embroidered, written out, cut out of paper, knitted, letter-embossed in plastic, crocheted, assembled with dice or painted on a puzzle. The residues of these laborious construction techniques often become secondary portraits by default – aesthetically autonomous, yet reminding of the primary figuration and its creation.
Each instance of Fouché’s interpretation of an individual likeness involves a triadic narrative: the story of the individual represented, the story of the photographic likeness, and the history of the medium and technique used to reinterpret the photographic instant. These narratives are layered in the final portrait that monumentalizes the personal, the individual, the mundane.
The contrast between the lens based source material, the fraction of a second it took to expose the moment, and the months, years, to translate the image in thread, for instance, open up meanings from the specific and personal (the instant) to the broad and collective (history).
Selected Solo Exhibitions
|2014||Traces: DOCK, Basel, Switzerland|
|2012||These Waves, WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town|
|2011||Fred, Denis & Other Portraits, Solo Presentation at Volta7 with WHATIFTHEWORLD Gallery, Basel, Switzerland|
|2008||Convoluted involvement, Absa Gallery, Johannesburg|
|Convoluted involvement, Bell-Roberts Gallery, Cape Town|
|2006||The Distance Between Us, Bell-Roberts Gallery, Cape Town|
|2005||Excluded & Unsaid, Blank Projects, Cape Town|
Selected Group Exhibitions
|2014||Queer Threads, Leslie & Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York|
|rave New World...20 Years of Democracy, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town|
|2013||Suspicious Minds - Artist's exploration of mind and matter. Michaelis Gallery, Cape Town|
|2011||Ingrid Jonker, Rust & Vrede, Durbanville, Cape Town|
|Trading Freedoms - (part of the conference Love, Sex, Desire & the (Post)Colonial, University of London|
|2010||1910-2010: From Pierneef to Gugulective, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town|
|Swallow My Pride, Blank Projects, Cape Town|
|Inverting the Pyramid, Blank Projects, Cape Town|
|The Menippean Uprising, Blank Projects, Cape Town|
|Ways of seeing, Ore gallery, Cape Town|
|Manet's too tight to mention, WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town|
|2009||Signs/Representation, 14-1 Gallerie, Stuttgart, Germany|
|Obsessie, KKNK Oudshoorn|
|Studio visit, Association of Visual Arts (AVA), Cape Town|
|The gift (in collaboration with Liza Grobler), Irma Stern Museum, Cape Town|
|2008||The bijou burns again, UCA, Cape Town|
|2007||Portrait/Landscape, Bell-Roberts Gallery, Laurensford, Somerset West|
|Fest, Rust & Vrede, Durbanville, Cape Town|
|ABSA L’atelier regional finalists exhibitions, Art-B: Bellville & ABSA Gallery, Johannesburg|
|Greenhouse, Bell-Roberts Gallery, Laurensford, Somerset West|
|Love & misery, BIJOU art studios, Cape Town|
|A Legacy of Men, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg|
|Selected projects 2005-2007, Blank Projects, Cape Town|
|2006||Take it like a man, Blank Projects, Cape Town|
|2005||ABSA L’atelier regional finalists exhibition, Art-B: Bellville, Cape Town|
|Paper never lies, VEO, Cape Town|