“Sang noir” can be regarded as the photographic illustration of a modern tale or legend which would take up the recurring themes and characters of the genre: the hunter, the pack, the wild beast, the magical and threatening forests and… the blood. Photographer Elie Monferier involves an immemorial work on the activity of hunting as a metaphor for the human trajectory. The man-hunter crossed the border of a forest symbol of his unconscious to face his desires and his most repressed, the most bestial impulses. Elie Monferier’s “dramatic” black and white succeeds in transforming the very wild Landes forest into an original, terrifying and cruel space. The photographic technique here consists of creating an illusion from the photographed subject: under the photographer’s lighting, the hunting dog becomes the allegory of animality in man, the link between the human and the savage beast.
Elie Monferier explores the complex links we have with nature, between fear and fascination. Self-taught, he forged his eye and his practice through photography books which also gave him the taste and talent for creating artisanal works. His first book, Sang Noir, a real art object bound by hand, was voted “Best self-published book” at PHotoESPAÑA 2020. It was most recently exhibited in 2021 in Arles, at the Manuel Rivera Ortiz Foundation during the Rencontres photographiques, in Paris, at the Circulation (s) Festival dedicated to young European photography, and in 2020 at the French Institute in Berlin.
Elie Monferier : Sang noir
Until December 16, 2021
1 bis, avenue de Lowendal
75007 Paris, France