Jean-Christophe Couet

About the author

Jean-Christophe is a Franco-American of Lithuanian heritage. Jean-Christophe grew up with three languages and at least as many cultures. Thus, languages became the cornerstone of his identity. He believes that language mirrors thought processes that reveal alternative meanings of the same idea. The specific use of a single word, tone, or pause in one’s language can undoubtedly alter the direction of thought. The power of detail is the focus of Jean-Christophe’s work, where he employs the media and methods of painting, animation, photography, film, and computer programming.

Jean-Christophe received an MFA from the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU). Subsequently, he obtained two fellowships from Fabrica, Benetton’s communications research center in Italy, and from Le Fresnoy, the national studio of contemporary art in France.

He has worked for Colors magazine, Journeyman Pictures, as well as the Artists Public Domain art film platform, amongst others. Tokyo’s Kodansha published a feature on his work in This Day of Change. Likewise, UNICEF commissioned Jean-Christophe for two photographic series in Kosovo and the Republic of Georgia respectively.

His work has been showcased at Le Grand Palais and La Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris as well as in galleries in New York and Paris. His latest public work, The Breathing Canvas, is a permanent installation commissioned by the Museum of Russian Impressionism in Moscow.

Selected shows and awards:

  • The Breathing Canvas, a permanent installation commissioned by The Museum of Russian Impressionism in Moscow. 2016
  • Generaţia de Sacrificiu by the Centre national des Arts Plastiques (CNAP) in Paris. 2015
  • Generaţia de Sacrificiu at CAC – Contemporary Art Center in Vilnius. 2013
  • Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival – Generaţia de Sacrificiu and Les Déplacements Internes in the special program Fresnoy in partnership with Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, Cannes in Bucharest. 2012
  • Prix de l’innovation with Generaţia de Sacrificiu, Festival de l’Acharnière, Lille, France. 2012
  • Generaţia de Sacrificiu at Le Musée d’Art Contemporain Marseille. 2012
  • Generaţia de Sacrificiu at La Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris. 2011
  • Generaţia de Sacrificiu at the Lussas Documentary Film Festival in Lussas. 2011
  • Prix Studio collector with Generaţia de Sacrificiu initiated by Isabelle et Jean-Conrad Lemaitre and delivered by Marc and Josée Gensollen. 2011
  • Les Déplacements Internes at Le Grand Palais in Paris. 2010
  • 2nd Prize winner for Les Déplacements lnternes delivered by Air France at Auditorium des Galeries nationales, Grand Palais, Paris. 2010
  • Internal Displacements at The Half King in New York. 2010
  • Camouflage at Parker’s Box, New York. 2009
  • Winner of the Nikon Thursday Award with the Feature Story: Western and Eastern Sakartvelo – Slovenia. 2008

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