Aurélien Mauplot – 2021

Aurélien Mauplot’s first works (2008/2009) involved research on Book 7 of Plato’s Republic, in which the allegory of the cave is presented. The text on pages of the book is blotted out in black leaving visible only the word ‘cave’, thus challenging the supremacy of the idea relative to experience.

Aurélien Mauplot’s first works (2008/2009) involved research on Book 7 of Plato’s Republic, in which the allegory of the cave is presented. The text on pages of the book is blotted out in black leaving visible only the word ‘cave’, thus challenging the supremacy of the idea relative to experience.

Between 2011 and 2014, he produced Les Possessions, with maps of countries, islands and archipelagos printed in black on pages of Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days. This work was presented at the 59th Salon de Montrouge, at the Galerie Eponyme (Bordeaux, December 2017) and concluded the exhibition Le temps de l’île at Mucem in Marseille (summer 2019).
In 2014, he defined the Cycle d’explorations du Monde à distances, which further structured his approach.
In 2015, Hélène Fincker, Director of Maison Abandonnée (Villa Caméline), in Nice, invited him to present a solo exhibition, featuring research around an island, pre-named Subisland, which nobody had ever heard of. Thus was born Moana Fa’a’aro. In January of the following year, the curator Rebecca François invited him to present the first works from this new project at MAMAC in Nice.
Since 2016, he has been working regularly in residencies in Italy and Chile, where he has had several solo exhibitions.
In 2017, he joined the Documents d’artistes Nouvelle Aquitaine (DDANA) and in the summer of 2018, as part of a residency in Chile, spent time on Navarino Island to the south of Cape Horn.
Finally, in 2019, Léo Marin, curator and director of the Eric Mouchet Gallery, gave him the opportunity to produce the monumental Composition Naturaliste for his exhibition Mapping At Last – The Plausible Island, at Topographie de l’art in Paris. That same year, he staged his second Italian solo exhibition (Museo Laboratorio, Citta in Sant’Angelo, Abruzzo), as well as another one in Dordogne and a duo exhibition at the Artothèque in Pessac.