As a visual artist and French writer, I am above all a storyteller who tries to explore, through these, the existentialist and / or humanist questions that man has always been confronted with, his origins, his nature , his weaknesses, his emotions, the mechanisms of involvement, interaction and entanglement that have laid the foundations of our societies throughout history and continents.
Most of my photographic work focuses on this issue and is expressed with frescoes, often several meters large, made by digital collage that can each contain several thousand individual photographs and require up to more than 6 months of continuous work.
The first part of the exhibition places man, in a dreamlike and allegorical universe, at the center of my preoccupations and, in particular, my series “The Fabulous Opera” which tries to show how much the conditions and the origins of birth can weigh as much on the psyche as on the pneuma (vital spirit), and more broadly, on the life course of any person born or having grown up in disadvantaged, adverse or tragic conditions … It’s a series eminently social interested in Destiny, through the tragic life of a young child born in Cambodia and condemned to death by the Khmer Rouge for the impropriety of its origins, and who, escaping by “miracle” sentence, goes to know the whole tragedy of humiliation, exclusion and the terrible desocialization of homeless, which will take him to the gates of lethal madness. He had dreamed only of a “normal” life, he will end up knowing, against all expectations, a fabulous destiny.
In the second part, it is not a question of completely abstracting the man, but only his person. Returning to a work of pure photography, I show here a series of monochrome architectures of shadows and light, getting closer in the course of the clichés, to abstraction. The city, symptomatic creation of man, is with its crowded streets, its sound and atmospheric pollution, dehumanized by oversized towers, their sharp angles, the coldness of concrete, steel and glass as so much aggression towards her begetter . And yet, do we not find in her the brilliancy of her genius and all the contrast of her darkest emotions?
An exhibition whose course is not without first echoing the mythological and Nietzschean periods of Mark Rothko, then in a second at their peak abstraction.
1st of February to 14th of April 2019
Mark Rothko Museum
Mihaila iela 3- Daugavpils, LV-5401, Latvia