This is the star exhibition of the InCadaqués Festival: the nudes of David Lynch in the gardens of Dali’s house museum.
Whether in the fields of cinema, photography or drawing, the American director is an experimenter. Even if his work is less poetic than the surrealists, Lynch is, like his elders, a fan of the representation of the unspeakable and he could surely have exchanged a few ideas with the former resident of Port Lligat, Salvador Dali, whose old house welcomes the images on the occasion of the 7th InCadaqués festival.
It is while strolling through the garden that you will come across a series dedicated to light – Light: Essence of Photography – which is for Lynch, an expression of truth specific to a place, and to the notion of home. Whether along Mulholland Drive or the steep coasts of Cap de Creus, the light speaks to him and shows him the way. For the author of Blue Velvet, photography is a transcendence of language; time and matter move through human emotions. The surrealists understood the subjective nature of reality, and knew how to keep their distance from the meaning of their work.
Lynch’s visions resemble dream worlds that push the limits of the human condition. Everyone retains the power to construct their own reality, where their inner knowledge guides their truth.
A second series adorns the paths of the garden of Casa Dali, and continues in a cabinet-gallery, with walls draped in red velvet, in the Sala L’Amistat “Distorted nudes”. The human body is this time the subject, through compositions that seek to give new meanings to the shape of the skin that dresses us. The house we live in.
“1000 Nus” was originally a set of old images taken by Uwe Scheid, which Lynch scanned in low resolution and then had fun distorting with Photoshop, upon his discovery of the famous software. These images, which cannot be dated, explore curved lines and energetic sequences; Lynch draws attention to the importance of curves, like shapes that extend to infinity. He reimagines the form.
Considering the body as a vessel of our being, physically temporary and energetically immortal, it is the conductor of our energy just like the light of the bulb. “We are like light bulbs. If happiness grows in us, it is like a light, it affects the environment. »
Note that this exhibition is placed under the aegis of the David Lynch Foundation, a non-profit organization, which aims to prevent and eradicate the epidemic of trauma and toxic stress among populations at risk. It promotes the implementation of the Transcendental Meditation technique to improve health, cognitive abilities and performance in life.
Light: Essence of photography, curator: Nathaly Charria-Jimenez; in the gardens of the Dali House Museum in Port Lligat (Spain) until January 6, 2024