Yoeri Alexander Guépin — Work statement



“My work has a strong emphasis on research and often involves historical trajectories of knowledge production such as archaeology, anthropology or the writing of history through objects.”

Through collecting and translating objects, artifacts and stories, their appropriation and re-contextualization, I aim at showing the governing structures of these systems, and how knowledge is represented through symbolic objects. I believe in the importance of artists working with cultural archives and the potential to activate objects in a way that politicize them in the present from a historical perspective.
Central to my practice is working with collecting and the anthropological/archaeological museum collection as site of knowledge production and it’s historical vernacular to colonialism. Reanimating the archive means for me engaging with, and rethinking of the ecology of artifacts, or the systems of relationships that have connections to and surrounds them in the past as well as in the present.
Working without any fixed medium, most of my works finally materialize in a performative setting involving elements of film, text or objects sometimes activated at a specific site.