ARCHIVE AS CAMERA
Winner Piclet.org prize for contemporary African Photography 2015
Basel, 12th june 2015
Espace Galerie de la Librairie Yvon Lambert
(6-12 mars 2015)
@ MoMO Galerie (12 nov-24 dec 2014)
Mois de la Photo PARIS –
Maison Européenne de la Photographie
Video Projection, 14th November 2014
Scan / Bruno Cordonnier, Atelier Surexposés
Impression / Otrad
ULTRAMAR (Empire Travel Club)
Curated by Valérie Fougeirol
African photographic archive.An augmented archive of 166 portraits issued from six black and white silver gelatin rolls negatives found in the ground between pavements, revealing african’s portraits during the decolonization process of the territories of Angola, Mozambique or Guinea-Bissau by a portuguese soldier. This photographic system transforms the archive into a data portraits that
explores typology of beauty and identity, reframe history, documenting and organizing a complex diversity of signs as an intimate understanding of one of the modern history of the African continent.Displayed as XIXth century’s paintings, the portraits are playing a combinatory code with the colors of the portuguese flag and the new colors from the new countries issued from the liberation movements.This series is questionning the status of an photography in the liquid
image era and the absence of images from war. Those negatives are evidences
that mechanically and chemically something happened.
Without events there is no history.
No history to remember
No common future to share.
African portraits and displayed in very large individual prints (152 x 105 cm) and five ensemble of 15 portraits in 50×70 cm each.