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Versus Dystopia
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Homme venant soutenir le pied d'un autre étendu sur le sable
Homme debout devant un animal mort
Hommes chutant près de marais salants
Hommes sortant des marais à l'aube
Hommes déchus sur des tas de feuilles mortes
Homme penché au-dessus d'un autre agenouillé
Homme seul à l'aube
Hommes dans un champ en feu avec pierres
Hommes devant une maison en ruine
Paysage avec voiture et homme caché
Hommes debout dans un rai de fumée
Homme marchant de dos
Homme fumant une cigarette
Paysage d'usine démantelée
Homme au bras tendu devant usine démantelée
Homme agenouillé au pied d'une piste
Hommes sortant des marais et regardant vers la droite

New creation in progress of 23 photographs, work in progress.


Sizes and process:

Set of silver color photographs in medium format (6X6).

H 39 X L 39 inches. Giclee process on Hahnemühle PhotoRag 308g Fine Art paper mounted on museum aluminum Dibond, fitted with an aluminium chassis.

Limited edition of 5.

Versus Dystopia or the Poetics of Uncertainty, is a research on Men and faith.

It opposes the idea of ​​a counter-utopia. It nourishes the hope that when something serious, something that defies understanding happens, Man* rises to a higher form of humanity and awakens to the sublime reality of solidarity.

Philisophy teaches that when habits can no longer continue, one must follow a path of extraordinary behaviour. In Chinese philosophy, one has to "cross the great river", confront uncertain waters to reach new shores. I often like to believe that uncertainty is what makes us the most human, humbly human. 

Dystopia depicts an imaginary society, a society organised in such a way as to prevent its members from achieving happiness. To the point of becoming a utopia that turns into a nightmare. The current trend is to endlessly repeat that the world is ill, that our planet is dying, that our civilisation is decadent, that humans are cowards or worse, traitors. I felt that it was important to create Versus Dystopia.

Water has always been essential in my photographic work. Since Esquives (2002-2003) and Nocturnes (2007), I have never ceased finding my various heroes flooded, submerged, floating or drowned inside wet landscapes, marshes, lakes and rivers, the title itself of my series Mem (2009) represents in its Hebrew meaning both gushing and underground waters. 

Once again, in Versus Dystopia, I lead the spectator towards water, towards my adopted land, where I photograph the marshland dawns, between Arles and the Camargue. During the few minutes of sunrise, between the lake of Vaccarès, salt marshes, the beach of Piémanson, rice fields, mossy arlesian railtracks, dismantling plant. I catch the fragility of a place, of a light, of an ephemeral colour. Dawn offers us a poetics of uncertainty. 

I spent months searching for my heroes, to cast them as new martyrs. I found in Michel Rostain and Sebastien Abot, one a writer, the other a painter, embodiments of a gleaner and a prophet who walk together, rise together, help each other or meet again. I imagined them and photographed them in the poses of a St. Christopher of the Venetian school, a Sisyphus of Titian, a Pieta of William Bouguereau etc. 

These two men have in turn embodied the heroes of a contemporary history, without ever meeting during the shoots, since each photograph is totally reconstructed as a photomontage. As in art books, I also extracted from each representation, a detail, that becomes itself an image which constitutes Versus Dystopia part II.

Models : Michel Rostain (writer) et Sébastien Abbot (painter).

* "Man" is used, not in a restrictive manner, but as the ancient shortcut for "Humanity".

Versus Dystopia
Read the text | Back to gallery

Homme venant soutenir le pied d'un autre étendu sur le sable
Homme venant soutenir le pied d'un autre étendu sur le sable
Homme debout devant un animal mort
Homme debout devant un animal mort
Hommes chutant près de marais salants
Hommes chutant près de marais salants
Hommes sortant des marais à l'aube
Hommes sortant des marais à l'aube
Hommes déchus sur des tas de feuilles mortes
Hommes déchus sur des tas de feuilles mortes
Homme penché au-dessus d'un autre agenouillé
Homme penché au-dessus d'un autre agenouillé
Homme seul à l'aube
Homme seul à l'aube
Hommes dans un champ en feu avec pierres
Hommes dans un champ en feu avec pierres
Hommes devant une maison en ruine
Hommes devant une maison en ruine
Paysage avec voiture et homme caché
Paysage avec voiture et homme caché
Hommes debout dans un rai de fumée
Hommes debout dans un rai de fumée
Homme marchant de dos
Homme marchant de dos
Homme fumant une cigarette
Homme fumant une cigarette
Paysage d'usine démantelée
Paysage d'usine démantelée
Homme au bras tendu devant usine démantelée
Homme au bras tendu devant usine démantelée
Homme agenouillé au pied d'une piste
Homme agenouillé au pied d'une piste
Hommes sortant des marais et regardant vers la droite
Hommes sortant des marais et regardant vers la droite

New creation in progress of 23 photographs, work in progress.


Sizes and process:

Set of silver color photographs in medium format (6X6).

H 39 X L 39 inches. Giclee process on Hahnemühle PhotoRag 308g Fine Art paper mounted on museum aluminum Dibond, fitted with an aluminium chassis.

Limited edition of 5.

Versus Dystopia or the Poetics of Uncertainty, is a research on Men and faith.

It opposes the idea of ​​a counter-utopia. It nourishes the hope that when something serious, something that defies understanding happens, Man* rises to a higher form of humanity and awakens to the sublime reality of solidarity.

Philisophy teaches that when habits can no longer continue, one must follow a path of extraordinary behaviour. In Chinese philosophy, one has to "cross the great river", confront uncertain waters to reach new shores. I often like to believe that uncertainty is what makes us the most human, humbly human. 

Dystopia depicts an imaginary society, a society organised in such a way as to prevent its members from achieving happiness. To the point of becoming a utopia that turns into a nightmare. The current trend is to endlessly repeat that the world is ill, that our planet is dying, that our civilisation is decadent, that humans are cowards or worse, traitors. I felt that it was important to create Versus Dystopia.

Water has always been essential in my photographic work. Since Esquives (2002-2003) and Nocturnes (2007), I have never ceased finding my various heroes flooded, submerged, floating or drowned inside wet landscapes, marshes, lakes and rivers, the title itself of my series Mem (2009) represents in its Hebrew meaning both gushing and underground waters. 

Once again, in Versus Dystopia, I lead the spectator towards water, towards my adopted land, where I photograph the marshland dawns, between Arles and the Camargue. During the few minutes of sunrise, between the lake of Vaccarès, salt marshes, the beach of Piémanson, rice fields, mossy arlesian railtracks, dismantling plant. I catch the fragility of a place, of a light, of an ephemeral colour. Dawn offers us a poetics of uncertainty. 

I spent months searching for my heroes, to cast them as new martyrs. I found in Michel Rostain and Sebastien Abot, one a writer, the other a painter, embodiments of a gleaner and a prophet who walk together, rise together, help each other or meet again. I imagined them and photographed them in the poses of a St. Christopher of the Venetian school, a Sisyphus of Titian, a Pieta of William Bouguereau etc. 

These two men have in turn embodied the heroes of a contemporary history, without ever meeting during the shoots, since each photograph is totally reconstructed as a photomontage. As in art books, I also extracted from each representation, a detail, that becomes itself an image which constitutes Versus Dystopia part II.

Models : Michel Rostain (writer) et Sébastien Abbot (painter).

* "Man" is used, not in a restrictive manner, but as the ancient shortcut for "Humanity".