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PhotoPhnomPenh 2011 –Matthieu Gafsou


Admittedly, for each of us, an original landscape, a space of departure exists. But when it comes to landscape, the one who looks at it and parcels out the space, invents it by putting it into a form. Gafsou is Swiss, but he has produced equally remarkable work in Mediterranean countries, in Tunisia, and in the conflicted space of Israel and Palestine. Here he offers, with a precision sometimes tinted with humor, another look at what the Alps have become today. A mountain that is no longer untouched, even though its boulders and glaciers remain impressive. Tourists, winter sports enthusiasts, a whole crowd hurries into these spaces which the photographer reconstructs, in rigorous alternation, expansive views and small significant anecdotes. As always, his color is done with an extreme delicacy, and he invites us to go beyond contemplation to reflect on our own behavior.

Born in 1981 in Switzerland. Lives and works in Lausanne, Switzerland. Following his university training (Master’s degree in the History and Esthetics of Cinema, Philosophy, and literature), he studied photography at the School of Applied Arts in Vevey (2006-2008). He has participated in numerous collective and individual exhibitions in Europe and the United States. In 2009, he received the Fondation HSBC prize for photography, and was featured in the reGeneration2 exhibition, organized by the Museum of the Elysée, which presents upcoming photographers from all over the world. He published “Surfaces” with Actes Sud in 2009.

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