David Aiu Servan Schreiber is a French artist who cares about the planet. He lives and works in London and is represented by MTArt Agency. David considers that human existence has to be part of nature and his consciousness.
Instead of shaming the viewers by demonstrating the dreadful impact humans have on their planets, David explores an inside-out approach to environmental challenges which inspires us to build a healthier relationship with planet earth and take action. Emotions are universal, and they are complex. Cognitive theories have shown that states of feeling can result in physical and psychological changes that influence our behaviour, so to be in touch with our emotions can fundamentally change us. Eventually, it’s an emotional trigger that brings an action. David gives us a sense of wonder and inspires us to feel, and act accordingly.
In his different series, the artist develops micro-topics that are connected to his broader practice. The series Planets offers a magnetic contemplation amidst the hustle and bustle of our lives. A well needed moment to stop and reflect but also to appreciate what is inside and around us, and gives us a golden chance to unearth life lessons and take action. Can these Planets lead us to our own revolution? The series has the ability to evoke and communicate emotions and the ability to affect how we feel about ourselves or our planet.
Acting as a visual and conceptual counterpoint to the previous series, ‘Microcosm’ develops an aesthetic approach to the disintegration of life on our planet. This unsettling reminder of humanity’s capacity for destruction should also work as a warning for our collective ability to put an end to said devastation.
From ‘Microcosmos’ to the artists’ most recent series ‘Fever’, David draws an analogy between the phenomenon of fever in the human body and the climate crisis and consequential global warming. If the human body deals with viruses by increasing the body’s temperature set point in order to remove the disruptive element, provocatively, David poses the question: ‘Could we be the toxic virus of our planet?’
This exploration of life in our planet works as an invitation to answer the greatest, the most urgent question of our present time: to explore the inextricable links between us and our environment, from our need to reach some kind of faith to lead our human behaviour in the world, and challenge the values by which we live.
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