Hugo Cantegrel is a French artist. He studied in Paris and in London. He graduated from Central Saint Martins school in 2015. He is now based in Lisbon where he works. Hugo Cantegrel’s practice is built up from an autobiographical narrative. He works on installations, and is mainly concerned about their compositions. He is looking for a certain visual musicality, a certain theatricality in the installation.
In this way, some works are main characters; some others have a subordinate role. Some bring a dynamic for the eye of the viewer, some act as silences.
His work is strongly influenced by the Nouveau Roman. In “Les Choses” by Georges Perec, everyday life objects become the main characters of multiple narratives. He likes to keep his work open. It is to say that he is looking for different layers of understanding, a certain idea of universality, a mass of references, a call for memories, an interweaving of narrations that each viewer is able to create.
The works’ aesthetic is based on the interior of houses. When inside someone’s flat, he likes to see decorative arrangements as landscapes of objects. Everyday-life objects have entered the museum now, and people are able to look at it as art pieces because they change their way of looking at things, they look at them in a different profile. We can look at objects in a house as an installation in a gallery and the world reveals its poetry, its musicality, its theatricality.