“Fragments” was born of the encounter between two writings, photographic and literary, on the body.
Originally, photographs are a sort of rediscovery of body, of bodies, by fragments, forgetting the usual keys of reading, both anatomy and aesthetics. The photographer’s gaze proposes a course, sometimes explicit, sometimes abstruse, through the hollows and the fills, the folds and the lines. Images with definite contours or which are lost in a distant obscurity. Images that no longer require a precise reference to the global body. Images that justify themselves as places sometimes warm, sometimes mysterious.
Then on these photos, another look has arisen. With each image, hung a word or a sentence. The words have become text and interrogate, insinuate, appropriate these fragments of history or sometimes move away from them and become autonomous. The course is carried by curves and living matter, it voluntarily deviates from the body in attitude, from the body laid down. It discovers particular landscapes, unique to each, that comes to shape the light. The text also starts to reflect an image. The images respond or stay side by side. And each one of the image, the words, or the image in the words, according to his own history, finds there violence or sweetness, essay or poetry.
Photographs : Jean-Benoît Zimmermann, Texts : Aline Memmi