From July 1st to September 23rd, 2019 in Arles, Artsphalte welcomes the world of Ronan Guillou with the photographic exhibition “Old Glory”.
In the beginning it was nature, at a hostile and inhospitable pace. When man came to confront her with the will to adapt to his constraints to make the most of it, he had to invent a territory and believe in an ideal, that of a country where everything is “possible” .
Through the fragments of America proposed by Ronan Guillou, the exhibition “Old Glory” takes us to the borders of a country divided between the tenacious belief in an old American dream and the end of an Eden that probably never existed.
“Old Glory”, nickname of the American flag to the time-honoured patriotic fervor, evokes this paradise both lost and found, where ancient myths, real or fantasized, continue to act in confrontation with existing realities […]
At the crossroads of documentary, personal narrative and formal study, Ronan Guillou highlights a timeless and contrasted America which he says “carries with it the paradoxes and excesses of humanity”. The photographer takes a tender and sensitive look at the melancholy of “forgotten children of the American dream”, these “survivors” retained in intermediate spaces, stuck-up between two Americas, the one of the past and the one of the present, the America of the promises and the one of disillusionment.
Prefaced by Wim Wenders for his book Angel and studied by the art historian Michel Poivert, the work of Ronan Guillou inscribes him in the wakes of the historical photographers of France. Captivated by the impact of the United States on the world, fascinated by the glorious iconography of the country, Ronan Guillou has made this territory the heart of his research since the early 2000s. His work is a dialogue between the presence of the human and the interstate by deeply renewing the genre of American photography with a temporal, sensitive and radiant approach. His formal studies and his delicate colors soften the scenes of life, fetishize the objects, animate his portraits, give an aura to the landscapes and thus retranscribe the documentary accuracy of the experience.
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July 01, 2019 to September 23, 2019