François Davin

Country of Origine: France
Country of Residence: France
Discipline: Visuals Arts 3D
Other(s) Discipline(s): Writing


From 1983 I had started experimenting on-site research, besides my traditional painting and sculpting. Based on old local myths, I called these pieces “Mythical Archeology”.

Since 1991, I have entirely dedicated my professional art practice to Site-Specific Art. I avoid using the word “Land Art”, because some of it has abused the sites, or used it in a decorative, meaningless way.

By then, I put an end to “making objects” and ended my collaboration with my galleries in Paris and New York.

For me, entering site-specificity was and remains choosing a dialogue with the Universe instead of a monologue in the studio.

Each site being a slice of the Universe.

The spirit of the site shows in its topography, geology, history, legendary potential, flora, fauna, function/usage, and in the various dimensions of its inhabitants. 

Each time, I choose one or several of these elements to design what my act will be.
My “act of art” is a ceremony, the resulting piece being a sequel of that communion with the site.

Along the way, I have involved other people, artists and others, into socio-spiritual art experiences I felt necessary.

Amongst those is “Le Vent des Forêts”, project in which I involved, from 1997, the population of 6 very small villages of North Eastern France.

The model, that has been used since, often with my support, in more than 50 occurrences around the world, is based on sharing the act of art between site-specific professional artists and a population caring for its territory. A ceremony of re-marrying people with their place.

In 1998, I initiated and built Artists in Nature International Network.

From 2003, I started research about “artist pilgrimages” starting with the Santiago de Compostella’s Way. In 2006, I walked the Henro pilgrimage of Shikoku, building and leaving along the way (450km) small installations, as equivalent to the prayers the religious pilgrims make for those who host them.

Since then I have walked and sailed a number of official or imaginary pilgrimages, the walk itself being a ceremony of embracing the site, each art piece the result of another act of art.


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