Anne Clergue Gallery presents the exhibition Meg Hewitt-Lorenzo Castore from July 1st to September 7th. The Australian Meg Hewitt with Tokyo is yours series inspired by manga, surrealism and film noir. The Italian Lorenzo Castore with 1994-2001: A beginning, an intimate work as an initiatory journey that is built daily. Two dialogues that respond in emotion and in black and white.
It is Daido Moriyama himself who describes Meg Hewitt‘s work as dangerous. The Australian photographer presents “Tokyo is yours”, a black and white series made between 2015 and 2017 in Tokyo. It is his deep reflection on Japan, on its uncertainty, its fragility following ecological catastrophes that followed Meg Hewitt. The title of his series comes from a graffiti written in the city, Tokyo is yours. His book of 68 photographs is a statement of his attraction to the absurd.
Hewitt made seven trips to Japan between 2015 and 2017. She surveyed the city twelve hours a day. She captured small details that caught her attention spontaneously, she immortalized the people she met. The fact that she does not speak or read Japanese, does not understand any conversation has given her a sense of total freedom and deep creativity. The people she met, the scenes she witnessed became symbols, archetypes, metaphors. Through her photos, she explores the space between things, memories, relationships, fear, flight.
She often takes flash pictures at night, which allows her to isolate her subject from the context. Each photo is constructed as a scenario. The use of silver accentuates contrasts of black film development. These photographs build a sense of psychological pressure, a compression of space that drives us to want to flee.
Meg Hewitt was born in 1973 in Sydney. She has been photographing since 2010 after studying painting and sculpture.
Lorenzo Castore has long photographed compulsively, without looking at the result of his shots. He was just not ready to understand what he was doing, let alone to give his deepest intimacy. His meeting with Christian Caujolle is decisive. He joined Agence Vu in 2003. In 2011, his best friend suddenly disappears. This deep disarray allows him to return to his past with a fresh look, without any filter. The passage of time offers him a new language and he decides to work on a book of the dead, an encyclopedia of life, depending on the circumstances. The first volume 1994-2001 is called A BEGINNING, the beginning. It is published at L’ARTIERE.
“Fate or chance meant that I became a photographer: to transcend myself, to see myself through others and to see others through me; to create a rapport with everything around me. But I want to believe that if the course of my life had been different, I would have done something else, anything else, with the same absolute dedication – joy and suffering – with which today I photograph. Life is much more interesting than art, or more exactly, the two are confused. … If I say that I do not believe in photography in itself, it is because it is only an instrument, a passion, to confront some more intimate, of more absolute. ”
Lorenzo Castore was born in Florence in 1973.
In the heart of the city of Arles, the gallery is renewed by moving from 12 to 4 Plan de la Cour, just behind the Town Hall and doubles its exhibition area. It is part of continuity by offering a look at contemporary photography, painting, engraving, sculpture, always discovering young talents.
Meg Hewitt – Lorenzo Castore
July 1st – September 7th
Anne Clergue Gallery
4 plan of the court