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toll on his generation and the seismic, indescribable effects of the war changed their lives beyond measure or comprehension. My father had been a prisoner in Germany and when he returned to France at the end of the war, he had to help to rebuild France, which had been completely destroyed. They were sacrificed on the altar of the Second World War both during and after and people like my father could never express themselves or have the freedom to pursue their dreams. In his case it was architecture that was his unfulfilled calling. He was forced to work very young as the economic fallout of the First World War hit families and his priority had to be putting food on the table. And you can imagine what having your true identity frustrated and forced into an endless cycle of responsibility will do to you. So the cultural influence really came from my aunt Colette. She was an actress and beyond the museums and galleries, she would take me to the theatre and the cinema....oh and to put it delicately, she was also André Breton’s mistress… My insight, my feeling, my references and my confidence came from her.

What was the state of public art when you were coming of age? In 1968 we couldn’t really talk about public art in the sense we understand it today - the only public art in Paris would have been large murals with heavy official backing. It started more during the seventies. But I don’t really relate to or particularly like huge painted facades. I just don’t think it’s that interesting in a city – it’s way too big and impersonal and certainly doesn’t touch me personally. I think the real question is the state of art in 1968, a momentous year in France that saw something close to a revolution with huge student protests and a vast number of strikes. At the time, the students of the Beaux Arts school of Paris created workshops where they did revolutionary posters to stick all over Paris

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