Category: Photographic works

The below works make use of a well-known argentic paper property: to darken when exposed to light. It shows two photographic stages for a given urban space impacted by a hazard occurrence. The first stage (D0) is the initial picture illustrating the hazard. The second stage (D+) is produced from the silver paper pre-cut in the dark room. Some parts will be chemically treated with fixing or developer agents at given dilution and time. Others will be left untreated. The different parts will be reassembled in the dark room before being printed and exposed to daylight during x days. All this will result in the D+ picture. The way darkness develops in time for certain parts of D + will highlight the challenges raised by the urban space resilience level in comparison with D0.
The paper darkness development is technically complex as it depends on the brightness, the UV index and the refraction angle of the light on the paper. This multi-parameters process recalls that hazards affecting an urban space cannot always be predictable. In my work, light symbolizes the hazard.
When I think that the darkness level is appropriate, the daylight exposure is stopped, but the concept of my work is that D+ cannot be stable and some parts may still darken in time. This recalls that the stability of an urban space, though resilient, should never be taken as granted.

(argentic paper grade: Ilford MGIV RC Luxe Pearl, 17,8 x 24 cm/ 7×9,5 in)

C’est quoi potable? (What is it drinkable?)

This work addresses the issue of the relation between urban resilience and sustainability. Both concepts share the same objective for urban citizens. But when sustainability aims for efficiency, resilience aims for redundancy and never excludes the possibility of challenging fundamentals. At D0, Manhattan water towers are reflected on a brown house wall showing a lion […]

DE-COMPOSER

The below work is inspired by a series of pictures taken on the site “Les grands voisins”, Paris. The word “dé-composer” (to de-compose) painted on the wall relates indirectly to the questionable opposition between resilience and vulnerability. A silhouette recalls Levinas’ concept of alterity. A blue canvas curiously hanging, brings us back to the Sudanese […]

Katrina

This photographic montage underlines the critical contribution of local decision makers to enhance urban resilience in favor of communities lacking the cultural capital, as defined by Bourdieu, which could possibly help to cope with hazards such as flooding. At D0, the floods do not prevent a community to keep on with their daily occupations while […]

Shakes

Can urban resilience be implemented in case of widespread destructions? At D0, two iconic symbols, a Le Corbusier building and the Golden Gate bridge are willing to withstand the unavoidable earthquake aftershocks. At D+, the landscape disappears; only the broken glass path remains, referring to our fears and fragility. More to read here

Thank you Eugène

At D0, three plans in opposition: in the background, a geometrical structure inspired by the work of F. Morellet, symbolizing the urban grid; on the forefront, a work in progress or an old facade; in-between, a Haussmannian building, renowned for its resilient features, imposing its steady foundation. At D+, everything fades out around the building […]

A Japanese paradox

In this work, the great wave of Hokusaï should be understood for its symbolic meaning, calling for an almighty nature that no one can stop and to an absolute sense of ephemerality. At D0, the city and its inhabitants are in a state of unstable balance, between the strength of the wave and the urban […]

Interface

Urban space complexity increases. The adaptation to our environment is vital but in the same time it may hurt our cultural, philosophical and religious beliefs. In between, the interface, as below symbolized, and a work questioning the urban space contribution to the equilibrium between both sides post hazard. At D0, before the hazard occurrence, the […]

Smart city

There is a risk with the «smart city» development to underestimate the growing complexity of cities which can even be exacerbated by our digital environment. How to make sure that urban cartographies are representative when low income citizens are left aside? In this work a couple watches Manhattan in an attitude encompassing cautiousness and exclusion. […]

Gegen Ende

This work should be seen as a counter-example, underlining the difficulty to incorporate ephemeral experimentations in our urban plans. This building in Berlin speaks for itself with a “Gegen Ende” (towards the end) and the inability to reconsider the notion of ownership. At D0, the building, the sky and the movie theater are distinct from […]

The homeless couple

A work about homeless settlement and the relation with urban resilience. At D0, the garage door appeals to the eye before being attracted by two mattresses continuously with the wall. At D+, the background darkened leaving the space to the unoccupied mattresses with an obsessing question: what have we done with the “occupants”? More to […]

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