Michel François was born in 1956 in Saint-Trond, Belgium. He studied at the École de Recherche Graphique in Brussels, where he still lives and works. François’s work uses different media, from installation to video and sculpture, and is conceptual in nature. He explores themes such as surveillance, domestic spaces, bureaucracy, psychology, alienation and the general sense of loneliness in contemporary society. The artist often manipulates simple and common objects and his work is thus rooted in reality, or rather, in that dimension we all share, which is a source of both frustration and marvel.
Recent exhibitions dedicated to his work include those held at Fundación Casa Wabi, Mexico (2016), Thomas Dane Gallery, London (2015), Kamel Mennour, Paris (2014) and Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (2014). His long-term project Bureau augmenté (1997-2012) was included in the exhibition ‘Voice of Images’ (2012-13) at Palazzo Grassi.