Sylvain Couzinet-Jacques

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Artist-in-residence during the Tara Mediterranean expedition, Sylvain Couzinet-Jacques took the opportunity to continue his research on the materiality and the three-dimensional appearance that images can have. At the same time he attentively observed the scientific research being conducted on plastic waste and the possibilties for recycling.

The photographic method of this young artist, trained at the National School of Photography in Arles, is definitely contemporary, as much in his careful technique as in the originality of his approach: his photographs play with the thresholds of visibility, sometimes veiled by tinted glass reminiscent of sunglasses. The images he treats are always signs of our present time, showing its darkest side. Fragments of an American ghost city, Spanish real estate crisis, rioters with dissolved contours are among his powerful subjects.

But make no mistake: despite the dark and tormented character of his work, there remains the wonder and pleasure of shapes and colors, indispensable twists to re-enchant a world that continues to disintegrate, and thus makes itself visible.

His work has been exhibited at BAL, Paris Photo and the Galerie du Jour agnès b., at the Salon de Montrouge, and the Kyotographie festival in 2013, and at the Rencontres d’Arles in 2012.

His photographs have been distinguished at the Leica Oskar Barnack Award and the Science-Po Award for Contemporary Art 2014.

He is represented by the Foucher-Biousse Gallery (Galerie Particulière).

Visit the artist’s website.