Born in Marseille in 1979, Thomas Mailender lives and works in Paris. It might be tempting to view him as a dilettante playing performative pranks in poor taste ? like the time he deposited a giant mussel on the beach in Nice before calling the press; or when he transformed London?s Roman Rd Project Gallery into a Chicken Museum. With his looks of a hacker of cultural spaces, the artist has nevertheless drawn attention through his (serious) documentary photography of overloaded vehicles leaving France for the Maghreb. He is an avid collector and has been compiling, with almost scientific rigor, the worst images one can find on the Net or at second-hand dealers. The vulgarity within his Fun Archive thus extends to ceramic objects put together by the artist. Thomas Mailender?s work has recently been exposed in galleries in both London and Paris and at the Art & Design Centre: La Cuisine in Nègrepelisse (2012). His work is included in the collections of the FNAC and the Musée de l?Immigration in Paris.