From 18 November to 31 December, the gallery L’ANGLE presents La Peau du Monde by photographer Fabrice Domenet, an exhibition that plays on the idea of the sensitive, the epidermis, the surface and the depth.
“The past that I contemplate has been lived and as soon as I want to enter its genesis, I cannot ignore that it was a present”, wrote Merleau-Ponty in Les Aventures de la dialectique.
The Skin of the World appears here as a symbol that combines the dimensions of inside and outside. A delimiting surface that dialogues, in an incessant back and forth between inside and outside; a Skin stretched between touching and being touched, a space of contact that resonates with the World. A moving element of transition, whose plastic dimension inexorably translates the impact of each piece of information it receives, the Skin presents itself above all as a meeting surface that perceives. Between tension and relaxation, the epidermis reveals itself and reacts in its vulnerability, like a receptacle subjected to the test of time. Responding to the information that reaches it, this symbolic border stretches, like a membrane that simultaneously detects and collects. A protective and porous envelope, the Skin preserves the interior while “listening” to the World, thus unifying it with the being. The limb where the “vein” is drawn, furrows of rhisomatic veins where the sap circulates, the elixir of life. The epidermis envelops, nourishes and communicates. A sensory sensor, it unfolds and stretches in a movement of “going towards” optimising its capacity to absorb and impregnate, before folding in on itself as a sign of returning to itself. The Skin then allows itself to be touched, caressed, undulated, scratched, crumpled, cracked, folded, curled up, like the surface of the paper which changes when the flame is approached. Through this metamorphosis, she leads us to consider life in its apotheosis, then in its finitude, passing through a form of rebirth that takes place through moulting. A true sculpture of the living, the tangle of these knotted and intertwined folds will witness this transformation. It will fade away at the end, taking with it the memory of a touch of skin.
Born in 1963 in Biarritz, Fabrice Domenet lives and works in Paris. Initially trained as a choreographer, he works as a dancer while at the same time practicing photography as a self-taught artist. There is a close relationship between these two fields which he has never dissociated. He questions the relationship of the body-presence to space and time respectively, while seeking to modify our states of perception through physical experience. Coming from the “silver” generation, he invested in his first camera at a very young age and simultaneously acquired a photographic enlarger. He then practiced printing in the darkroom. Spotted by image experts in 2015, he exhibited for the first time at the Voies Off Festival in Arles in 2016. Since then, he has been regularly invited to show his work in various galleries and festivals in France and abroad. After “Vers l’intérieur” in 2018, then “Voir les yeux fermés” in 2019, Fabrice Domenet, permanent artist of the gallery, returns to L’ANGLE in 2021 to present his new series: “La Peau du Monde”.
Fabrice Domenet – The Skin of the World
6, rue des Citronniers 64700 Hendaye
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 20 November at 6pm.
Performance by the dancer and choreographer Odile Azagury, Saturday 18 December at 6.30 and 8pm.
6, rue des Citronniers 64700 Hendaye, France
November 20, 2021 to December 31, 2021