Baronian presents the fourth exhibition of Eric Poitevin. For this exhibition, Poitevin has made photographs depicting the landscape.
Poitevin’s photographs do not aspire to narrate or to document. They possess a monumentality through the scale of the work and a temporality, while at the same time breathing silence. There is a lack of human presence in Poitevin’s photographs. The different subjects in his photographs, such as landscapes, skulls, flowers, and animals, are subjects which are experienced from day to day; those things which we ignore in our daily lives as commonplace and invisible, now brought to the fore and finally seen. Therefore, his photographs contain memories and associations which remain in the mind, but they are also open to the interpretation of the viewer who can project his or her own memories and associations onto the photographs. To take his photographs, Poitevin waits until the right moment to have the subject exactly as he wishes it to be. He finds it important to pay attention, to take time. He shows the subject as we really see them, without adding artifice, to be as close to them as possible. Light plays an important role in Poitevin’s photographs. He isolates the subjects in his photographs by which said subjects become autonomous. At times, light is even the actual subject of his photographs. Light, format, paper, and framing are very important for Poitevin. These components must respond to the intensity and the fragility of each subject represented in the photographs.
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