Antoine Pecquet (New Caledonia-Nouméa)
Antoine Pecquet (b.1964 in Paris, France) is a French diaspora artist who has been living in Noumea, New Caledonia since 2012. His first encounter with art was through his father who worked at the Musée du Louvre and loved to take Antoine to exhibitions in galleries and museums. He also read a lot of his father’s collection of art books and catalogs. In his 20s, he tried to study philosophy by becoming an assistant to several artists and photographers such as Sophie Calle, Yves Oppenheim, David Seidner, and Jean-Jacques Castres. Other than that, he also worked as a journalist.
In 2000, he began to create visual artworks using Photoshop. He believed digital works have unlimited potential to explore. Take for example electronic music production; it involves sampling, filtering, and mixing processes to become a new creation. In terms of discourse, many of his works mostly talk about the complexity of postcolonial relations between white people and indigenous people, as well as dubious prejudices that worsen the situation today.