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

Roma Aeterna 1, 2 & 3

The three below works have been inspired by photographs taken in the Jewish ghetto of Rome, IT. They challenge the myth of “The Eternal City”, questioning the continuity suggested by a metaphor ignoring socio-cultural disruptions. Echoing my own technique with argentic paper darkening in time, as an allegory of ephemerality, the pictures show how ruins […]

Itaperuna

Confronting the absolute objectivity of sophisticated measurements to the inherent subjectivity of human behavior translates here into a deconstruction-reconstruction process of the mapping.  At D0, silhouettes dance all around Itaperuna pieces and the Muria river flooding. Graffiti photographed on the walls of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, symbolize the urban life through its political […]

La Défense

The below work questions the way rurality could become integrated into urbanity, enabling to rebalance the exclusions derived from a “selective green-washing” urbanism. At D0, the urban imposes its grid massively, almost oppressively. At D+, towers fade out. Low level buildings find a new balance. The continuum with rurality is emphasized. The appropriation of rurality […]

Orders and disorders of urban resilience

Investigating the living narratives of Abraxa spaces, D0 outlines the seemingly paradoxical composition between a utilitarian dimension of urbanity and its dystopian environment. On one hand a power station supplying the electrical grid, on the other, murals and design encouraging and stimulating our imagination. Darkening in time erases the wall in favor of a central […]

Exploring spirituality in the urban frame

The sense of belonging, social connectedness and transcendental aspirations may coalesce in a holistic relationship between people and their built environment. Intertwining nature and spirituality may pave the way to sustainable thinking. But dealing with uncertainty and complexity requires not only a capacity to adapt but also to transform. To build successfully such transformative process, […]

We don’t need heroes

Beyond the richness of a concept with multi-faceted dimensions and the emptiness of a word used nowadays to mean anything, resilience, when applied to our daily lives, questions the balance between individual acts and collective responsibility. The below work shows the inside room of an Ellis Island dwelling. At D0, windows have been covered with wooden […]

Impairment

The below photographic work (*) is the outcome of a stay in Vienna, Austria. At D0, Culture, contaminated by the Covid, is represented by three statues of the Karl-Marx-Hof, “Körperkultur”, “Befreiung” and “Aufklärung”, wearing face masks and standing in front of a homeless, as among the most vulnerable of us. All of them are enchained […]

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 […]

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