PHOTOGRAPHY

AWARDS 2020

ROMAIN BAGNARD

France

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Dystopia

2017-2020

 

ABOUT THE ARTWORK: These photos, taken from my work still in progress, form as time passes a photographic corpus which keeps on being enriched and expanded. It isn't a series as such as no final deadline has been set for it. Each new picture brings one more piece to the jigsaw puzzle and changes the face of this never- ending construction. Patterns, forms or recurring obsessions are part and parcel of my work. Traces and Marks first and foremost. That of words writing on a wall, accumulated dirt on a dressing too old, of ink on tattooed skins or of scar running through the back of a skull. Faith, transcendence and the Fall symbolized by this decrucified and dismembered Christ, modern form of a descent from the Cross no one cares anymore. Then Matter, whether organic or not, comes to give body to this whole pierced here and there by artificial weapons transformed into an object of daily life or quasi-devotion. Thanks to closed-in, focused framing and flash using, what has been selected to be photographed is singled out and isolated from his immediate surroundings, which deeply involves the viewer. Each photograph is a world per se. The juxtaposition of these different worlds contributes to creating a whole which goes beyond their own limits and are more pieces to be added to the rest. Worming out one's way under the surface of common everyday things is a way to expose their hidden beauty. The use of dark monochromes as background as well as chiaroscuro gives unusual relief to each of these objects/faces/aesthetic phenomena as magnificent symptoms of the ongoing derailment.

 

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Graduated of political science and art history, he's been practicing photography for 20 years following his own path all over the world and learning by himself. Different workshops with Paolo Nozzolino or Patrick Le Bescont have comforted him in this idea. It is now time to give an existence to his through different publications that could give substance to his photographs and make them live through other's eyes.