François Génot (1981, Strasbourg, FR) lives and works in a rural environment in the Grand Est area in France.
François Génot borrows the impetus of his approach from the resistance and proliferation of life. Experiences of places punctuate the sensitive and energetic formal language he develops. His practice is nourished by the displacements, the collection and a particular attention to the matters, the forms and the natural phenomena. His attention to the wilderness of everyday life that inhabits our anthropic spaces opens doors to the human, animal, plant or mineral worlds of presence. He tries to find new modes of cohabitation and sharing. The processes he develops through the seasons and the different environments he frequents allow him to maintain an active collaboration with the environment. His systems of attention, the play of forms and materials, and the actions of the field testify to an approach towards the understanding and translation of other forms of language, modes of expression of the living.
Active on the international scene since 2005, he has carried out numerous residencies and exhibitions. He has recently collaborated with the François Schneider Foundation in Wattwiller, the CIAP - Île de Vassivière, Les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers, Ergastule in Nancy, the CACLB in Montauban, Belgium, and with the Saarlandisches Kunstlerhaus in Saarbrücken, Germany. In 2020 and 2021 his work joined the collections of the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Strasbourg and the FRAC Alsace. Founder member and actor of numerous associative projects in the region, he actively participates in the development of culture in rural areas. He teaches drawing at the Ecole Supérieure d'Art de Lorraine in Metz since 2016.
In 2023, he develops a large-scale project with the FRAC Alsace around the issue of féralité. He will be in residence at the Ferme Asile in Sion in the Swiss Valais. And he will present two monographic exhibitions at Engramme in Quebec City and at the HBK in Saarbrucken in Germany; as well as a group exhibition with the association Fertile.