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Arles 2021 : Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation : Jean-Christian Bourcart : Au bord du Réel


Jean Christian Bourcart offers us strange, hallucinatory shapes, ghostly, improbable characters which spring from an image generator and which invade and contaminate the photographic archives of a small Breton village. Artificial surfaces collide with areas of reality, a fantasized space where truth and falsehood come together, past and future clash and seduce each other. Superimpositions of layers that reveal a material to the virtual and a virtuality to the material. Like a distraction, an escape from the boredom of the masked reality, the artist exploits the nascent machinic unconscious, and, through the magic of collage, pursues a dream whose poetry challenges established knowledge. The quantum era that is opening up before us promises a future that could influence the past. These contemporary images are pasts made up of days to come. This series of 35 collages was produced in February 2021 during a research residency at the Hasy gallery in Pouliguen.


Fondation Manuel Rivera-Ortiz

18 Rue de la Calade, 13200 Arles



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