26 October 2014
Opening of the Fondation Louis Vuitton. The catalogue titled “The fondation Louis Vuitton by Frank Gehry” came out with several portraits of workers I made in the context of the construction in 2012 and 2013. A modest and tiny brick in this massive project…
15 October 2014
Tomorrow will open my show at the Chapelle des Calvairiennes, in Mayenne, France. The dynamism of the art center and the beautiful space they offer really motivated me to show Wilder Mann there. Then, of course, there’s always the PAGAN/CHRISTIAN dialectic popping up. It’s pretty hard to escape this, some much that some of the wild figures almost look like saints there.
2 October 2014
Wilder Mann is shown in Chambery, at the Espace Malraux, located very near the Alpes mountains. An excellent context to try a different way to show the series, connected to some short texts directly written on the walls. Showing in the context of a “scene nationale” brings me back to some reflexion around the experimentation of the performance in my work, and I appreciate the complementarity of my photographic research to different artists, musicians, designers, writers… This time, I worked with Arnaud Jarsaillon, graphic designer, who wrote on the wall of my show some extracts of two texts around the series. Rock’n roll bear!
Site of the Espace Malraux
21 September 2014
The Mardi Gras Indians was shot in April 2014, in New Orleans, USA. This time, the question was to deal with the urban background,as minimal as possible. No landscape this time, to highlight the complexity of the big chiefs, queens, spy boys and flag boys costumes. The project was to set up the portrait of each character in front of a colorful wall of the town, where the punchy colors of feathers would strongly match with these vertical backgrounds. This series is dedicated to Queen Kelly and Spy boy Dow from New Orleans.
Image: Meryt, New Orleans
20 September 2014
Leo Favier, graphic designer with whom I worked for Wilder Mann, is designing with me the “Bretonnes” book (we have not yet decided on its English title). It will come out in May 2015, before the series of shows in the French Brittany area (Musée de Bretagne, Musée de Pont l’Abbé, Musée de St Brieuc and centre photographique Gwinzegal). French author Marie Darrieussecq wrote a delicious introduction to the book, and Yann Guesdon, specialist of traditional head dresses and breton customs is working on the endmatter texts. This will be a pretty romantic book, focused on the representation of women. The Bretonnes series, so far, has been published by National Geographic in April. More to come soon…
National geographic site
5 September 2014
Until September 12th, the Wilder Mann show has been taking place at the Musée Basque of Bayonne, France. The show will keep travelling this year in Chambery and Mayenne. Some new Wilder Mann will be in the show as well, from England and Ireland.
5 September 2014
Finally, with the contribution of Simon Larchevêque, the new website is on. The images on this site are from my analogic work, from 1999 to 2008, and from my digital work since 2009. The selected images of each series were scanned in high resolution with the help of the Musée Niepce in Chalon sur Saône, France. It took about one and half year to work on them to obtain the right correction in order to deliver an excellent view of the series.
Most of my series are now on this website. Just three analogic series (Faire face, Itza’ and 3741 will be added on the site in the future). I expect this site to give a good overview of my serial work, where you can choose and discover the series in relation to the topics inspiring my research. Each series is also introduced by a text defining the project in its original context. A new page is also dedicated to the videos around my work, and my video work since 2009. All my books are online as well. Have a nice visit.
2 October 2013
Outremer is a show and a book mainly focused on exotism. There’s a video work (“Blue heaven”) which is my most exciting experience with video, which gave me the chance of a collaboration with Teho Teardo.
Presentation of the show