A visual artist, performer, educator and academic, Gilles' artistic process looks beyond forms to establish links between disciplines, people, occurrences and parts of the world. Coming to live in Singapore in 1981, his early participation to the local art scene saw him involved in a string of seminal events. His book Bintan, Phoenix of the Malay Archipelago (2003) had a profound influence on his artistic work, which since then often deal with history and ethnology. His work, presented in over 50 exhibitions in France and Asia, is found in the Singapore Art Museum and the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris. He was recently made a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French Republic.