Francois A. Deschamps
Digitally Printed Books in Metal Box
9 x 12 inches
Edition of 250
BIO: Francois Deschamps teaches photography and related media at the State University of New York in New Paltz. He is a photographer and book artist whose work involves travel and the relationship between cultures. He has produced artists’ books published by the Visual Studies Workshop, Nexus Press, and the University of Auckland. Photographs and his books are in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art (NYC), The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museum of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2002, he was awarded a residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. He was awarded a Fulbright fellowship to Mali, Africa, for 2010-11. He has received several fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts, most recently in 2013. He is showing a new series Taxi Bamako at OK Harris in NY in 2014. www.francoisdeschamps.net
STATEMENT: Drone 1/2/3 comprises three books in a tin box along with a three-dimensional image object of a universal remote controller. The project deals with projections of power through metaphors developed around three meanings of the word “drone.” The books are structured so that between each full page is a half page: as one flips through the books, each image spread is modified by the half-page flap to create new juxtapositions. The photographs and drawings are by the artist except those from colonial histories. The project was published in an edition of 250 by Visual Studies Workshop Press in 2010.