Helder Batista Gun Corse, 2012

Helder Batista

France 1964

Installation, Sculpture, Pop Art

Helder Batista
Helder Batista
Male
France
1964
April 30, 2015
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Helder Batista is a French contemporary artist who works in various techniques including sculptures, neon, inclusions, and installations. He explores such themes as nonsense, consumerism, globalization and over consumption, by using everyday objects like, for example, bicycle’s tires or toys. Born in 1964 in Paris, Helder Batista is inspired by many artists such Robert Combas, Anselm Kieffer, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Chaïm Soutine.

Helder Batista - Butterfly Bullet , 2016
Helder Batista – Butterfly Bullet , 2016

Helder Batista and Everday Objects

Helder was a self-taught artist until 2005 when he took courses in different workshops. Batista was truly fascinated and intrigued by the complexity and potential that everyday objects hold. That is why he began discovering how his found object function as a support and even a subject. Sometimes, those objects are also self sustained complete works of art. A simple acrylic mold used in works like Lego or Red Shoes is enough for a complete twist or just a discreet change that turns everyday objects in the art piece.

The artist is fascinated by the complexity of everyday objects

Helder Batista - Lego (detail), 2014
Helder Batista – Lego (detail), 2014

Flag Guns

Batista’s famous series of works, titled Flag Guns, plays with the standard and universal interpretation of such symbol of power as the revolver is. The artist symbolically used a different flags, among those he chose were the flag of the USA, UK, Canada, China, Turkey, Israel, Russia, Germany, France… Brought close together, a flag and a gun are a strong proof that the art knows no boundaries. Or violence, for that matter.

In his Flag Gun series the artist gives an interpretation of the power

Helder Batista - Made in America, 2014
Helder Batista – Made in America, 2014

Batista as a Political Satirist

When his works titled Second Amendment or Made in America are together on a display, they are seen as a playful subversion of a power symbol. But, it can also be understood as a political satire on American Imperialism – attacking very high number of gun ownership. Batista does not run from history either. His gun paired with the Soviet Union Flag Guns reminds us all on a Cold War symbolism and its arms race. However, when wrapped in a checkered flag, his Flag Gun becomes a Starting Gun and any abstruse political symbolism is lost.

Helder Batista lives and works in Paris, France.

Featured image: Helder Batista – Gun Corse, 2012
All images copyright © the artist

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2014SummertimeGalerie Geraldine Banier, Paris, FranceGroup
2014Butterfly EffectGalerie Geraldine Banier, Paris, FranceGroup
2013Rose me TenderGalerie Geraldine Banier, Paris, FranceGroup
2012Art o'Clock, art fairParis, FranceGroup
2012The Power of SymbolsArtist's proof, Washington D.C.Solo
2012Affordable Art Fair Art jingle, Paris, FranceGroup
2012UnknownRealites Nouvelles, Paris, FranceGroup
2012UnknownRetromobile Porte de Versailles, Paris, France Group
2011Affordable Art Fair Art jingle, Paris, FranceGroup
2011Balt'Art – L'Art et le Grand ParisParis, FranceGroup
2011Salon Comparaison, Art en Capital grand PalaisParis, France Group
2010Salon Art ShoppingParis, France Group
2010UnknownCutlog Galerie Banier (off Fiac), Paris, FranceGroup
2010Salon Comparaison, Art en Capital grand PalaisParis, France Group
2009Salon des IndependantsParis, France Group
2009Artefact Agen, France Group
2009UnknownCarrousel du Louvre, Paris, France Group
2009Salon Art ShoppingParis, France Group
2009Salon Comparaison, Art en Capital grand PalaisParis, France Group
2008Kaprices D’art Buttes Chaumont Paris, France Group
2008ArtefactAgen, France Group
2008UnknownGalerie Quintessence in Saint-Tropez, France Group
2008Salle des EcuyersAtelier 67, Nerac, France Group
2008Grand Prix de la ville de TalenceBordeaux, France Group