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. Some parts will still darken in time, making each work a unique piece. This recalls also that the stability of an urban space, though resilient, should never be taken as granted.

(inkjet printing, argentic paper grade: Ilford MGRC Deluxe Pearl, 21 x 29,7 cm/ 8,25×11,75 in)

The Sense of Vulnerability

The below work speaks about our illusions of strength and power and at the same time shaping our vulnerability. Framed by the perspective of a Pompeii street, the Atlas statue of The Rockefeller Center, NYC, seen as a metaphor of our dreams to equal Olympian Gods, has been replaced by two iconic pieces which I […]

Droughts

Inspired by South African and French artists, William Kentridge and Anne Kolin, the below work speaks about our consumer-capitalistic society and disconnected behaviors, infringing basic human rights. It echoes what sociologist Bauman called the passage from “solid” to “liquid” modernity (10), suggesting an ever evolving society where sustainability and social constructions are undermined. The metaphoric […]

A cobble-stoned Parisian alley

At D0, a Parisian “passage” witnessing the richness of its legacy faces climate change consequences. It seems to be under pressure from the gauze strips closing the perspective and offering no escape. At D+, a clearing appears, strips and sky darken leaving the field to the facades, questioning a possible resilience for the place. More […]

Metro Bastille

The 5 diptychs of Metro Bastille show the artificial underground features of subway producing mental gaps in our relations with others. D0 shows 5 views of the subway station “Bastille” in Paris photographed during the Covid pandemic. To the empty corridors, distorted shapes and silhouettes of subway passengers photographed before the pandemic have been added. […]

Chelsea, NYC, 24th street.

This diptych questions the issues of care and vulnerability in the urban public space. It refers to our collective ability to address such issues seen in the context of our urban space’s perception and our capacity to interact. D0 represents 14 persons obviously insensitive to the needs of a sleeping young man, homeless. In the […]

Connecting art, urban grid and vulnerability

At D0, two windows: one is reflecting the outside, operating beyond the frame; the other leaves to imagine the inside mapping of the world. Mullions and patches frame an ambivalent scene inspired by Mondrian, with inhabitants’ bags having been hanged by their owners for an unknown reason. At D+, the two windows darken leaving the […]

Is NYC retreat inevitable?

At D0, two water tanks on a brownstone building roof reflect in an urban river. The sky threatens Manhattan. Imaginary boats are ready to accost the wooden piles. At D+, the sky darkens leaving the field to the two water tanks and their reflections. Manhattan buildings disappear. The city’s life adapts to its new environment. […]

When Hollings meets Kandinsky

At D0, a static and balanced block of five wall pieces surrounds a blue canvas representation. On each block, lines act as graffiti recalling the symbolic meaning of the word “dé-composer” as suggested in the figurative version of the work. At D+, the background darkens leaving the field to the blue canvas as a pictorial […]

Do cities learn from getting burned?

At D0, the half burnt man-tree destiny seems to be inexorably linked to his destroyed environment. The overall perspective raises the question of any possible resilient future. The dusky tonalities of D+ add to the apocalyptic feeling of the scene, but in the same time, the man-tree can be seen as a phoenix rising back […]

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