Franck Gérard
The Outer Box – on borders of public and private

For the third time Frise-Künstlerhaus Hamburg is hosting the official Altonale artist-in-residence 2018. After Groningen in 2017 and Istanbul in 2016, both partners want to cooperate with the cultural center Lieu Unique from Nantes. We are welcoming an artist from France in Hamburg-Altona. The subject of Altonale 20 in 2018 is “borders” – as real frontlines or as an aesthetic metaphor.

Together with Patrick Gyger from Lieu Unique we invite the artist Franck Gérard from Nantes to live and work in FRISE for a period of a four weeks in May/June 2018. Franck Gérard brings an extended understanding of art as an interdisciplinary praxis, combined with an subversive visual humor.

Franck Gérard’s project for the Altonale artist-in-residence (AiR) is planned as an inter-disciplinary artist’s conversation with artists from Hamburg. The approach of the AiR is to enlarge artistic action to public space. “As a kind of walking the non places” (Marc Augé), the artists performs inside and outside the “White Cube”.

The artist’s cooperation is understood as an open exchange to non-art spaces as a kind of reconnection of ideas and an attempt to give feedback to a critical common sense.

Possible questions of artist’s conversation could be: How can artists contribute to create spaces between private and public? How could art act as an exchange outside of white cube and out of the gallery context? How to get into a dialogue with moments of everyday life? And how to enlarge notions of the role of artists in public? How to open borders?

Photographer Franck Gérard was born in Poitiers (France) in 1972 and graduated from the fine art school of Nantes.

In 2013, the artist was commissioned to create the series Manifester En l’Etat, by the Ministry of Culture – National center of visual arts – CNAP, in Marseille. In 2012, during the Nuit Blanche (all-nighter) in Paris, he gave a seven-hour “performed conference » (7 pm- 2 am), En l’état, User les images, Hémicycle du Palais d’Iéna, CESE, and he participated in the group show Errances at melanieRio gallery in Nantes. His work has been exhibited at Lieu Unique in Nantes, Domaine de Kerguéhennec, Morbihan, at Fondation d’entreprise Ricard in Paris, in the Centre Georges Pompidou-Metz, in the Centre National d’art et du Paysage de Vassivière en Limousin, in the MAC USP, São Paulo, and at the Rencontres Internationales de la photographie d’Arles en 2006 et 2010.


Franck Gérard captures the unusual, the incongruous in his wanderings, to him photography is an attempt to appropriate the real. En l’état, July 13, 1999 – Today is a corpus of images collected by Franck Gérard since July 13, 1999.