Olivier Bodart: Risk Areas

ON VIEW: April 9 – May 5, 2022

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Opening Reception: Sunday, April 10 from 1–4pm

Olivier Bodart is a French visual artist and author (novel Zones à risques, 2021) living in North America since 2012. His artworks and novels address issues around climate and environment along with the impact they have on individuals and communities. 

The catalyst to this project is the novel Zones à risques (Éditions Inculte, 2021), by author and visual artist Olivier Bodart. It’s a fictional story comprised of factual natural disasters which occurred around the United States. In the story, Mat, the main character, works as a natural disaster investigator for FEMA. For various reasons, Mat has trouble to go to the disaster sites in person. In order to complete his work reports, he decides to create miniature disaster scenes in shadow boxes and do macro photography to obtain images needed for his fake reports (of which he passes off to the agency as authentic). Just before completing the final part of the novel, Bodart decided to step into the shoes of the main character, and actualize the shadow box scenes and images which produced the project "Risk Areas". Unlike the character in the book, he traveled to the four factual disaster sites and collected materials for the project.  The undertaking resulted in the creation of 52 shadow boxes and 104 images that is a stand alone visual art exhibition.

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This exhibition will be held in the Second Floor Gallery + Atrium of the Evanston Art Center (EAC). Masks are optional but strongly recommended for students, visitors, and staff.

Gallery Hours

Monday–Friday: 9am–6pm

Saturday–Sunday: 9am–4pm


Artwork sale proceeds benefit both the artist and the Evanston Art Center. If you are interested in purchasing artwork on display, please contact Audrey Avril, Manager of Exhibitions, at [email protected] or (847) 475-5300 x 107.

This project is partially funded by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and EAC's general membership.