Joël Tettamanti traveled the metropolis of Toulon for more than two years, exploring the coastal areas, the hinterland, the mountains and the hills. Realized with a large format camera, the series fixes immense landscapes open on the sea and on the islands, hamlets nestled in hollow valleys, agricultural areas and rocky paths, marinas and a military arsenal, modern buildings with ceramic facades, cabanons feet in the water at the edge of the coastal path. Anonymous places and identified places – the Var Prefecture in Toulon, the observatory of the Fairy Peak in Hyères, Châteauvallon in Ollioules, the aerial ferry bridge of La Seyne, the Naval Circle of Toulon – and unknown places – Bettyzou in Carqueiranne , the Artaude designed by Le Corbusier at the Pradet.
The territory of the metropolis Toulon Provence Méditerranée represents 437,460 inhabitants and covers 36,654 hectares, it includes the municipalities of: Carqueiranne, La Crau, La Garde, Hyères, Ollioules, Le Pradet, The Revest, Saint-Mandrier, La Seyne-sur-Mer, Six-Fours-les-Plages, Toulon and Valletta.
Of Swiss nationality , born in 1977 in Cameroon he grew upin Lesotho and Switzerland from 1997 to 2001 he studied visual communications and photography in Lausanne (Ecal) his first projects covered landscapes in the Swiss mountains and urban conglomerations. His interest for the area of passages, the Alpine passes, the borders, the farthest reaches, take him from Switzerland to Japan, from Greenland to Mexico, From China to Spain. He works for Times and Wallpaper . Some of his works have entered prestigious collections, such as the National Center of Plastic Arts (France), the MUDAM in Luxembourg and the Swiss Foundation for Photography. Several monographs have been published. Local Studies, Davos, Salins, Works 2001-2019.
Joël Tettamanti was the first to respond to the cycle of commissions initiated by the villa Noailles in 2004, with a series on the salt from Hyères in Pesquiers. Soberly entitled Salins, the exhibition was the subject of a publication (now out of print) published by the art center, some of the prints are included in the collection of the metropolis Toulon Provence Méditerranée – Villa Noailles.
Joël Tettamanti, Nonante kilomètres heure
October 14, 2018 – January 13, 2019