Lafleur & Bogaert /
Michel Lafleur (b.1981, Port-au-Prince, Haiti) and Tom Bogaert (b.1966, Bruges, Belgium) are two artists who work together as the collaborative art duo Lafleur & Bogaert. They began creating art together in 2013 when they met at the 3rd edition of the Ghetto Biennale in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Michel Lafleur began his painting career as an apprentice to a decorator of Tap-Taps, the ornately painted pickup trucks that serve as public transportation all throughout Haiti. He is now responsible for decorating many of the most spectacular barbershops in his neighborhood. Lafleur is associated with “Atis Rezistans,” the collaborative behind Port-au-Prince’s Ghetto Biennale. His work was included in “PÒTOPRENS” at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn (2018) and the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami (2019).
Tom Bogaert worked as a refugee attorney for the UN and Amnesty International until the age of 38, when he turned to the visual arts. Bogaert had his first solo exhibition in New York in 2008 with the legendary “Jack the Pelican Presents” gallery and moved to Amman, Jordan soon thereafter. His work has recently been presented at ZK/U Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik in Berlin, Germany (2020); the Lagos Biennial, Nigeria (2019); and the Palestinian Biennial Qalandiya International in Jerusalem (2018).
In the summer of 2022 Lafleur & Bogaert will participate in documenta fifteen in Kassel, Germany as part of Atis Rezistans / Ghetto Biennale.