Olivier RatsiParis, France
Olivier Ratsi is a French visual artist based in Paris.
Focusing on the experience of reality and its representations, as well as the perception of space, he conceives works that encourage the viewers to question their own interpretation of what is real.
As part of his work process, Ratsi creates systems that deconstruct our spatio-temporal reference points, often using the technique of anamorphosis, developed during his research.
Ratsi is known as one of the co-founders and former member of the artist collective AntiVJ. Now working as an independent artist, he has had solo and group exhibitions around the world. His work has been exhibited in museums and international biennales.
About the artwork
The project Anarchitecture breaks down and offers a new version of reality for our day-to-day urban environment. Using fragmented images and contrasting parts, Ratsi remakes our urban landscape through digitally processed photos.
This project considers objective reality, space and material as intangible concepts of information. With the help of photographic decomposition, Ratsi has created a split in this objective reality (that of large urban settings), thereby altering our perception of what is real.
These architectures of daily life seem both strange and familiar, near and yet far away.
By forcing people to question their ability to piece together what the artist has split apart, Ratsi provokes interactivity between the work of art and spectators, based on a mental exercise in visual reconstruction.