What place do our bodies have in a world awash with images of women and men with increasingly standardized measurements? Flore Tricotelle voluntarily moves away from hyper-sexualized representations of bodies that increasingly invest our contemporary visual space. She plays the line between female and male, only the body counts, no matter the genre. She chooses the use of the instant print process, guaranteeing a unique original image and an intimate and physical relationship with the representation of the body.
‘Nourished by the female representation in painting through the centuries, and particularly that of the 19th century, I feel at first the need to work on my own image, and I realize a series of twenty self-portraits, nude, seen from the back as it is, without artifice, just a body.
Then, my reflection extends beyond my body, to other bodies. I photograph over 70 people, men, women, of all ages, with all kind of bodies, individually and as a couple. By collecting the images in several series, a dialogue gradually develops between the bodies. Each body then reveals its difference, its singularity, and at the same time, little by little these differences fade away, disappear, they are no longer ” bodies ”, but a single body, for which any attempt at comparison and any will to standardize have no more meaning for me.
In addition to these three individual series, I also ask couples, in a simple pose,seen from the back, side by side, to see how this dialogue of the body operates between two people sharing the same intimacy.
After taking a preparatory course in the competition of the grandes écoles of art and the courses of the National School of Fine Arts in Lyon, I went very quickly into photography.
My meeting with Dominique Sudre, my teacher at the Atelier Magenta photography school in Villeurbanne, was decisive. He gave me a traditional teaching of photography, black and white silver print techniques and ancient methods of the nineteenth century, and he transmited to me the passion and exigency of the photographic medium. It is during this training that I decided to devote myself entirely to photography.
I then moved to Paris, where I worked for several years in a professional photographic laboratory.
In 2010, I opened an art printing workshop where I collaborated with many professional photographers and artists for the realization of their exhibition and collection prints. In 2013, I decided to stop my printing activity in order to refocus on my personal photography work.
Today, based in Poitiers, I work at the European School of Image where I accompany students from a technical point of view on their projects in parallel with my personal work.
Flore Tricotelle – To my body
An EXPOLAROID event
From 03 to 27 April 2019
24 Avenue H. Poncet
Aix en Provence