“We don’t perceive the climate, we perceive through the climate.” Tim Ingold

“As an artist, I consider myself a gate keeper. I constantly go back and forth between individual and collective histories or environmental history. I open gaps, passages, which allow me to bring together the different scales of human and non-human memory.

In what ways does environmental awareness influence our perceptions? How does it change the transmission of narratives or our relationship to landscapes?

My aim is not to show the alteration of landscapes by pollution – in the ecological and committed sense – but to amplify the perception of our current environment, because as an artist, I feel concerned by this issue. What does this ‘trace’ found on my works of human activity and processes considered ‘non-human’ say about us? About our time? My experiments are therefore more like an attempt at an augmented perception of reality, a sensitive deployment.”

Yves Monnier

Ⓒ Germain Meulemans


Yves Monnier (b.1983) is an international artist who lives and works in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, in South- Eastern France. He has a varied multimedia artistic practice consisting of photographs, serigraphs, stencils, installations, videos, correspondences, events and projects that adopt protocols. He entered the École Supérieure d’Art de Grenoble in 2003, obtaining his Diplôme National d’Arts Plastiques in June 2006, then lived in Vilnius and studied at the Fine Art Academy of Vilnius until December 2006. Following this he obtained his Diplôme National Supérieur d’Expression Plastique with honours at the École Supérieure d’Art de Grenoble in June 2008. He was a member of the first collective of the Ateliers des horizons from 2017 to 2018, at the Magasin, CNAC, Grenoble. Since 2020, the artist has been working in partnership with researchers from the CNRS, the CRESSON Laboratory, the PACTE Laboratory and Grenoble Alpes University in Grenoble. He works regularly with Japan and the USA.


My first experiences were with a collective of young visual artists: the Collectif Sans Titre (CST) from 2004 to 2010, based in Grenoble. I was invited to exhibit on numerous occasions in art centres including Le Centre d’Art Contemporain de Lacoux (2009), Espace Vallès (2010) and La Conciergerie (2011). Also during various regional events such as the Parcours Départemental d’Art Contemporain de l’Ain (2009), national events such as the Résonnances de la Biennale de Lyon (2011) and international events such as Concept App’Art organised by the Collectif Sans Titre in 2008 and 2010 between Marseille, Grenoble, Lyon, Mulhouse and Tokyo.

In 2014, I initiated a Franco-Japanese artistic collaboration with the photojournalist Sayuri Arima and Mr. Masami Yoshisawa, a farmer, in the framework of the project Les Vaches de Monsieur Yoshizawa ( Following this, in 2017 I developed the Memoires Contemporaines project (

From 2017 to 2018 I was a member of the Collectif Poisson Lanterne: the first collective emanating from the Ateliers des horizons, at the Magasin, CNAC in Grenoble. The group organised, among other things, a retrospective of Les Vaches de Monsieur Yoshizawa in 2017 and the event Contrée des Risques in 2018. This led me to collaborate with Bétonsalon, Centre d’art et de recherche, Paris, during events of the Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation, Nous ne sommes pas le nombre que nous croyons être (2018).

Today I am represented by the Gallery l’Antichambre based in Chambéry in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region, in South-East France and have participated since 2018 in the Zurich Contemporary Art Fair.

Since 2020 I have been working in partnership with multiple researchers in the environmental humanities between France and the United States, in particular on the STRATES Research Workshops of the Sensibilia National Research Agency Project based in Grenoble and Still on the Map: learning from the Mississippi Delta of the University of Grenoble Alpes in partnership with the University of Baton Rouge, Mississippi, USA.

Lecture “Some sensitive relationships with air… 2003-2023“, LSU, USA

View of the Julian T. White Hall Lecture Room, Art and Design Building, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA




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