Benoît Fougeirol
Jerzy Lewczyński
The Very Landscape of Abandon
3rd march 2018
to 24th march 2018
Asymetria will present selected excerpts from French artist Benoît Fougeirol’s photo book ZUS (Zones urbaines sensibles, Edition X Artists’ Books, Los Angeles, 2017), devoted to the architecture of the peripheries of Paris.
According to Jean-Christophe Bailly who gave us the description of this project:
„We not expecting so much immobility, or such ruins. Strangely, and as if by a flourish of tragic irony, this emptiness of space brings to mind the Ideal City in Urbino. There, too, the anonymous painter omitted all human figures. But where the imaginary scene from the Quattrocento was offered as the theatre of an existence yet to come, the images of the real city, the images of the ZUS, come across as decaying segments of a bygone existence: “people lived here,”

All that has been photographed belongs to the past. “What I refer to as the archaeology of photography are practices aimed at discovering, studying, and commenting on events, facts, and situations that have occurred in the so called photographic past,” wrote Jerzy Lewczyński. From the 1950s onwards, he incorporated found negatives and documents in his photographs, creating thus not only new works, but also a means of learning about and understanding history,

Annulling the distinction between the archive and the gallery, the new archaeology of photography refers to contemporary materials, surrounding them with a commentage/montage of images and objects from the artist’s archive.

In this case, serving as commentary for the photographs of Benoît Fougeirol will be Jerzy Lewczyński’s series of recently discovered 18 slides, Opening and Closing My Eyes.

The show’s opening, on Saturday night, will be preceded by Benoît Fougeirol’s conversation with Tomasz Szerszeń at 5 p.m.

26.02.2018 09:36:29

loading image...