Zim&Zou are two french artists, based in Nancy. The duo is composed of Lucie Thomas and Thibault Zimmermann who studied graphic design (design, publishing, advertising) for three years. The duo then decided to focus on installations using handcrafted objects made out of tangible materials such as paper, wood, thread, etc… rolling away from computer design. Anchored in craftsmanship, they create all the elements composing their installations by hand, from drawing to cutting and assembling. Paper inspires them for its versatility, infinite range of colors and unique textures. The flat sheets turned into volume are giving an installation the poetry of ephemeral material.
Looking at the many projects the talented duo has completed, every project is my favourite but if I have to list my ultimate favourite, it has to be the project titled “Edible Monsters”. Shown at the EXPO Milan 2015, the style is that of a caricatural metaphor, using irony and humour, to talk about one of the main themes of EXPO Milano. The usage of technicolours (a Zim&Zou must) is absolutely on point in addressing the issue of excesses of the food industry. Carnivorous sunflowers, mutant fish, genetic manipulations and genetically modified corncobs come to life to emphasise how the use of chemicals and aggressive farming methods can be harmful to our health.