Composed of a selection of images from different series [Les Abandons, Désillusion, In Nomine Patris, Le Sacre du Temps], the Silencio exhibition presents a look at contemplation, solitude and waiting. Empty cities, suspended time, wandering characters or abandoned bodies, everything invites us to enter into a social time out, into images of fiction, poetic, at a distance from reality. “Les Abandons”: silent, contemplative and peaceful paintings. “Disillusionment”: a cinematographic sequence wandering the streets of Hollywood. “In Nomine Patris”: a collection of images of the sacred questioning fragility and power in Rome. “The Rite of Time”: large, pure and meditative paintings.
All of these images are composed of shades of black, dark tints, greens, browns, marines, encouraging the eye to take the time to let the detail reveal itself through the light and textures. The images are sometimes pictorialist or more cinematographic, the feeling close to the drawing line. The material is sensitive.
Each of these series is triggered by a sociological questioning, a look at the society of the spectacle, consumption, the representations of power, the relationship to time in contemporary society, to finally formulate a poetic imagery, in the form of fiction.
Silencio is a proposal of distancing, an invitation to look in a long time. – Benjamin Juhel
About the artist
Benjamin Juhel was born in 1984 in Normandy, he lives and works in Bordeaux. After studying at the École des Beaux-Arts, he pursued his research in images, photography and film around space and staged bodies. At the same time, he works for advertising and teaches art direction, photography and film in various art schools. In 2007, he directed the “Body.Space.Area” workshop in Bombay with The Company Theater. This time of research with actors, dancers and visual artists, around the formulation of simple gesture, rhythms in movement, and the relationship to space, asserts his conception of choreographic staging. Benjamin Juhel then develops a work that extends to space and architecture. The projects “Silence” (Live Cinema) & “Urban Improvisations” (Videodanse) realized in collaboration with Thierry Mabon, as well as “ARK” (Film & Photography), in association with Anne Charlotte Baranger, evoke these relationships to rhythms and structures.
Each of his series proposes a sociological foundation, a look at the Human or the Representation, which he translates into fictional images. Benjamin Juhel stages his characters, makes his images, with the freedom to compose that painting offers on the surface, and choreography in space. His images today, composed of shades of black, are sensitive and pictorialist. He transmits this perception of the world through a praise of solitude, absence and fragility.
Open from Thursday to Saturday: 11am to 1pm – 3pm to 7pm and Sunday: 11am to 1pm
And by appointment. Opening of the exhibition in the presence of the photographer, Saturday, March 19, 2022 at 6pm.
6, rue des Citronniers 64700 Hendaye, France
March 17, 2022 to April 24, 2022