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Laurent Barrera



The photographic series “Koi” refers to the Japanese WabiSabi aesthetic carried by the spirit of the tea ceremony of the Momoyama period and that of the poetic literary current of the Haikus of the Edo period (date of the first unexpected chromatic mutations of carps in the early nineteenth century).

In Japan, Koi carp are called “Nishikigoi” or colorful fish. It is a specificity of the dark gray common carp originally appeared in Japan following an unexpected chromatic mutation in the early 19th century.

These are animals that are found in many legends especially by their ability to go up rivers despite the strength of the current. They symbolize above all perseverance but also courage and love.

For the past two years, we have been going through a particularly troubled and complicated period and these qualities (perseverance, courage and love) are necessary for us today, as is the aesthetic beauty of the world of Koi carp (“beauty will save the world” Dostoevsky).

Laurent’s photographs reflect his vision of harmony and the mysteries of the world.

Light is always treated in an essential and priority way because it is it that allows to reveal a beauty and aesthetic often hidden. The light creates a powerful movement and an almost magical atmosphere in the photographs.

Laurent Barrera considers each of his images as photographic haikus, dense and chiseled creations that, by their form, invite poetry. Together they form a corpus of poetic traces of the Nature.


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