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Olivier Kosta-Thefaine

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Olivier Kosta-Thefaine
Olivier Kosta Thefaine lives and works in Paris. His practice plays with the codes and clichés of popular culture. He uses the languages and codes of his audiences, changing or modifying their original meaning so they can be understood by a broader public. By introducing the language of popular culture into the white cube of the gallery he attempts to undermine the seriousness of the artworld. Olivier says that he “makes fun of himself ... While others wear a tie and work on improving their table manners, he’s proud of being “38% chav and claims it loud and clear.” His ironic and subversive statements form a manifesto for his works, many of which are ephemeral installations or interventions. Olivier’s upbringing in suburban Paris informs much of his work, and lends his practice an improvised, informal and irreverant attitude. Olivier has exhibited widely in France, and in the USA and Japan.

Artworks by Olivier Kosta-Thefaine