For a year now, Belgian photographer Geert Goiris explored 12 sites of the industrial group Rubis Terminal, ‘a subsidiary of the Rubis group, French operator in the storage of liquid industrial products’. As a result, this series, entitled Peak Oil, captures industrial landscapes of various cities: Dunkirk, Rouen, Brest, Strasbourg, New Village, Saint-Priest, Villette-de-Vienne, Salaise-sur-Sanne, Bastia, Ajaccio, Rotterdam and Antwerp.
His photography echoes the works of Bernd and Hilla Becher, who were among the first photographers to enter industrial sites of heavy products and materials. Unlike the German couple, Geert Goiris gives his photography a more scenic atmosphere, ‘an open narration that oscillates between familiarity and alienation, discovery and fabulation.’
The photographic commission of the Rubis group, its subsidiary Rubis Terminale and its cultural branch Rubis patronage, will be exhibited tomorrow, Saturday, December 9, in three locations: Regional Fund for Contemporary Art (FRAC) Normandy Rouen; in two major places in the Port of Rouen. A publication at Roma Publications is also planned. Ten works will also enter the FRAC Normandie Rouen collection.