Camille Kachani (Beirut, Lebanon, 1963) develops an inventive process of possibilities related to the process of transformation of nature. Basically, he creates art with trunks.
Nowadays he is based in São Paulo, Brazil. His pieces are hybrid objects, which investigate the original and primitive conditions of the natural elements. His work uses everyday materials and objects, giving them new interpretations, resizing their scales and original functions.
With a background in photography, painting, economics, and history, Camille Kachani has a diverse artistic practice that spans a range of mediums. Hir projects are united by a common sense of ironic humor and an engagement with everyday life or the artist’s personal experiences. Kachani’s series, “Tomorrow Was Another Day,” (begun 2012) was based on his experience of Lebanon during its Civil War in the 1970s. Other works include a series of imaginary consumer products, false traffic signs installed in public spaces, and “Programa de Desobediência Civil” (2005), for which Kachani made variations on the U.S. dollar bill, featuring different cultural icons.
With this art pieces, useful and useless, or organic and inorganic, become one in the other.The wood, organic material recurrent in the production of the artist, points to a desire to be resurrected. Cables are stretched as if it’s alive, and green leaves sprout as if they were growing on the objects spontaneously and effortlessly. Drawer, hammer, sickle, scissors, knife, among other utensils and tools are superimposed and arranged in an apparently unstable manner, standing between balance and imbalance.
The optimization of handmade objects does not suit the new function they have acquired and creates an abyss between the daily use of objects and the configuration of the final piece. This distance appears more directly when cups, plates, hammers and cutlery are divided in half. There is a small gap between the space that separates the halves, the synthesis of the whole exhibition: the distance between the totality and the uniqueness of art.