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Centre Pompidou : Jochen Lempert


There is nothing lavish about the scenography of the exhibition that the Centre Pompidou is currently presenting in its Photography’s Galery: no sophisticated technological support or spectacular lighting, no monumental wall paper, dazzling colors on the walls or luxurious settings; to tell the truth, there are no frames – or almost no frames: the photographs are displayed directly on the walls or in showcases, with a rather unexpected sobriety.

Then, as soon as we dive into the intimate universe of the artist – the German photographer Jochen Lempert (1958) -, we find ourselves faced with an intensely poetic look at the living. Because for thirty years, this biologist by training, specialist in dragonflies, captures in his daily life the presence of the living beings which surround him, as tiny as they are. This is how he photographed the laborious activity of an ant, the perfection of the weaving of a spider’s web, the sensuality of a ripe fruit or the delicacy of a human gesture, such as the blinking of the eyelids. With remarkable graphic qualities, his photographs reveal a contemplative personality seeking to make visible the enchantment of life in all its forms.

Cristianne Rodrigues

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