Hugo Pétigny

Résilience - Installation - 2023

présentée dans le cadre de l'exposition Panorama 25


This outdoor visual and audio installation tells the story of our journey by bike to the largest wind farm in France, during which we charged lamps using the dynamo, in order to use only the quantity of light charged to take a night-time photograph of the field. The final photograph is presented outside in this installation and supplied with electricity by solar cells created from organic materials developed by the French company ASCA.

An audio piece recounts the stages of the journey and how we dealt with the difficulties involved in changing our production model, both individually and collectively.

Hugo Pétigny

Born in Le Havre in 1992, Hugo Pétigny is interested in the energies transmitted through art. After studying electrical engineering and photography in Le Havre, Hugo graduated from the University of Lille and the Beaux-arts de Tourcoing and is currently at Le Fresnoy - Studio national des arts contemporains.

Using installations and photographs, he seeks to develop processes that allow him to put into images the interactions of energies that generally occur in closed environments in order to initiate reflections on our relationship to matter.

Inspired by the writings of Solar Punk, Hugo seeks to present a world in which humans are closer to their environment thanks to exchanges with light, leading, for example, to a reconsideration of solar time or a positioning of humans with the idea of photosynthesis of plants considering particles (photons, electrons...) as characters influencing our daily actions.

Hugo Pétigny proposes a world of constant exchange with the infinitely small, using photovoltaics in particular as a formal representation of a future in which the living and the technical are interconnected. Hugo takes from the impressionists their research into light, which he studied during his youth in Normandy, and it is from op art and land art that he draws the social issues that inform his work.


Le Fresnoy - Studio national des arts contemporains, Tourcoing — Asca