Paris Photo 2018
Gand Palais, Paris
We are pleased to announce our participation in the 2018 edition of Paris Photo, the first international fair dedicated to the photographic medium, with works by Nobuyoshi Araki, Daniel Blaufuks, Raphaël Dallaporta, JH Engström, Ethan Levitas, Daido Moriyama, Anders Petersen and Daisuke Yokota.
Inversion (2016) by Daisuke Yokota (born in 1983 in Japan) is a series of unique solarized gelatine silver prints, the result of the superposition of photographs taken from the artist's personal archives. These images, abstract or figurative, constitute a metaphor for the states of consciousness of the artist who tries to summarize his own memory through his work. The complete set of 56 prints, presented on the stand, was recently included in the exhibition Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art presented at the Tate Modern in London.
From 2009 to 2016, Daniel Blaufuks (born in 1963 in Portugal) made photographs almost daily in the intimate space of his kitchen in Lisbon. At the heart of this work entitled Attempting Exhaustion is a set of small format, unique works: hand-annotated Polaroid compositions through which the artist affirms his existence and punctuates his photographs with handwritten commentaries on the events from the outside world, the passage of time and the vagaries of his daily artistic practice. This intimate and diaristic works are also presented until December 3 alongside works by Eugène Delacroix (1798-1963) and On Kawara (1933-2014) in the exhibition Today. Eugène Delacroix, Daniel Blaufuks at the Musée national Eugène-Delacroix in Paris.
1+1=1 (2018) is the latest poetic project of Daniel Blaufuks, from which two works are presented for the first time on the occasion of Paris Photo 2018. A work on which the artist wrote: "1+1=1 is a mathematical mistake but not necessarily a logical mistake: adding a drop of water to another drop of water, how many drops do you get? In a world where mathematics and economics are now more revered than logic and reasoning, this work tries to be a collection of silent poems about the everyday life of everyone, everywhere. Poetry as a means of survival, when what we hear is only cries, noises and music that we have not chosen. Silence is a blessing and if you add a photograph to another photograph, and perhaps even another, how many photographs are you looking at?"
View from the Laboratory (2008/2013) is the second chapter of the 35-year project by Daido Moriyama (born 1938 in Japan) focusing on Nicéphore Niépce and the birth of photography in 1827. The three important photographs - the artist’s bedroom in Tokyo, the re-iteration of the 'Point de vue du Gras' and the reflections of the windows of Daido Moriyama in Nicéphore Niépce’s photograph - are presented on the booth as platinum-palladium prints. These works are also at the heart of the major exhibition Daido Moriyama: One summer day on view until January 20th at the Musée Nicéphore Niépce in Chalon-sur-Saône.
The Frame (2018) by JH Engström (born in 1969 in Sweden) is based on the symbolic dialogue between a monumental photograph of a broken rock called moraine, made in 2016 by the artist in his native region of Värmland in the south of Sweden, and a mural projection of 224 self-portraits and portraits of men, made over the last two decades, all of which portray weakness and vulnerability. Moraines, rocks eroded by the melting of ice at the end of the last ice age, have remained in the landscape like metaphors for resistance and permanence. In contrast, the hundreds of men are all photographed in isolation so that their body constitutes the frame of reference for the portrait. The Frame delves into the contemporary and fundamental issues of gender, domination and more broadly the social frameworks that govern our lives.
The booth also features a selection of small, mostly unique, vintage prints from JH Engström critically-acclaimed series Trying to Dance (published in 2003 by Journal).
L'Os de l'Abri Blanchard [The Blanchard rock shelter bone] (2018) by Raphaël Dallaporta (born in 1980 in France) presents a full size photograph of the bone of the same name, accompanied by its caption inscribed with the help of an automated plotter. An enigma for long, the points engraved on the bone were interpreted in 1962 by the American scientist Alexander Marshack as the recording of a lunar cycle carried out 30 000 years before our era, thus embodying the first trace of the observation of the sky by humans. This work is part of the larger practice of Raphaël Dallaporta, at the crossroads of history, sciences and arts. L'Os de l'Abri Blanchard is accompanied by Self-Portrait (2018), a sculptural object containing a prism know as a "corner cube" whose property - directly returning all reflections to its source - confuses the senses and the perception of its observer. These two elements are parts of Dallaporta’s installation presented until April 15, 2019 in the exhibition Painting the Night at the Centre Pompidou-Metz, Metz.
Preambles (2016) by Ethan Levitas (born in 1971 in the US) is a series of works for which the artist typewrote directly onto the surface of large format negative films some tautological texts resulting from the confrontation between the artist’s camera and authorities in the public space throughout New York. By processing and mounting these negatives in LED lightboxes, the artist metaphorically processed words with light, leading words to become the photograph, and vice versa.
Café Lehmitz is the historical work of Anders Petersen (born in 1944 in Sweden) realised between 1967 to 1970 and published in 1978 by Schirmer / Mosel. These photographs document daily life in the café Lehmitz and its regular customers, in the red-light St Pauli district of Hamburg. On the booth is presented an exceptional selection of vintage prints from Café Lehmitz made by Anders Petersen in 1970 and 1977.
A seminal work, the first diary of Nobuyoshi Araki (born in 1940 in Japan), Sentimental Journey, self-published in 1971, recounts the author's marriage with Aoki Yoko and their honeymoon, mid-way between reality and fiction. On the booth is presented the complete set of 18 enlarged contact sheets of Sentimental Journey, printed as platinum-palladium prints.