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Librairie Mouvements : Parme Baratier : Tautology paper garden – garden paper


One of the most unusual and poetic emails received this week. It announces an exhibition: Tautologie jardin de papier – papier de jardin until November 27 at the Mouvements bookstore gallery.

Plants that become paper, then images of themselves, bear witness. The harvest is the beginning of the great work: immortalizing the inflorescences of a garden, the fields of a landscape, the work of the earth, the passage of time, the germination of a seed.

The images are then transposed through the use of photography. The process is long. It follows the rhythm of the garden, the practices of the gardener.

Throughout the operations of transforming the plant material into an image support, the material is revealed through natural printing, stamping and drawing.

The preparatory photographic shots become photogravures, engravings, artists’ books and screens.

These plant tautologies called “Botanical Papers” are miniature gardens fixed in the thickness of a leaf, cellulose curiosities composed of the material of a plant, a garden or a landscape. This collection of plants forms a 28-year cycle, started in 2000.

Parme Baratier is a French artist born in 1972 in Toulouse, painter, engraver, printer, photographer, designer of artist’s books and objects, gardener, stationer, inspired by natural history, botany and his poetry.

Between the Parisian workshop and the useful gardens, here are the imprints of Vanished Gardens and the botanical papers to come.

After the activities of gardening, harvesting and cooking, the pictorial practice enhances the natural resources of the place.

The development of the garden itself responds to this search for experiences, with creation, crafts and graphic arts.


Parme Baratier : Tautologie jardin de papier – papier de jardin
Jusqu’au 27 novembre
Galerie, librairie, maison d’édition Mouvements
4, rue de Rocroy
75010 Paris

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