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Galerie Krisal : Philippe Pache and the girls of the Calvaire


The Galerie Krisal in Geneva is exhibiting an exhibition of nudes by Philippe Pache entitled La fin du Calvaire until March 26.

Jean-Paul Gavard-Perret presents it to us as follows :

Before emptying the premises of his studio, at Chemin du Calvaire number 3 in Lausanne, where he worked for 30 years, Philippe Pache carried out both an overview and a review of details. All in its games of light in black and white.

Hence the perpetual quest to transfer from one incrustation of the body to another even if each time it opens up an abyss between the image and its subject. The central question remains: Where does this gaze come from? and not where is it going?

The question of origin is important because it poses the problem of crossing the border of intimacy in a different way and therefore of the eroticism that it nurture.

For Philippe Pache this origin is located there where all presence remains awaiting the temptation of presence, at the moment when nothing happens yet, where everything is in suspense and this until the portraits of such “ghosts” become our hosts.

Pulverizing the evidence therefore begins with this question (to each then his imaginary deformation). Proof that the photographic proof is never simple. The secret is not to know how the latter lets itself become an image but how the desire for an image takes hold of the secret and how the starting point is generated – the click of the click.

The girls of the Calvaire thus offered Philippe Pache an Easter which – the place closing – will remain a pale Easter. This last ascent was therefore more than necessary it was also an obligation.

Jean-Paul Gavard-Perret


Philippe Pache: The End of Calvary
From March 10 to 26, 2022
Galerie  Krisal
25 rue du Pont Neuf
CH-1227 – Carouge – Geneva – Switzerland


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