ParisJean-Luc Moulène: La Vigie (extraits), Paris, 2004-2011 / Plant, Paris, 2002 / Contre-ciel, Paris, été 2005 / La victoire de Bercy, Paris, mai 2007 / Stomac, San Rafael-Tlaquepaque, 2018
In 2004, Jean-Luc Moulène notices a stalk of Paulownia growing in the cracks of the pavement and buildings throughout the Parisian urban landscape. This plant is enclosed by a security fence on both sides of the pavement. The experience begins on 26 November 2004 and ends in December 2010.
With 299 photographs printed in color and black and white, the series chronicles the plant’s evolving appearance over seven years, as well as an array of quotidian incidents taking place in the surrounding area of the French Ministry for the Economy, where the plant grows.
La Vigie shows an ever-shifting landscape, including the physical evidence of antiterrorism vigilance, and demonstrates Moulène’s interest in politics and resistance strategies. This series also reflects the important role of photography in the artist’s practice and extends his investigations on images and objects’ classification, production, and circulation.
Galerie Chantal Crousel will present extracts from this photographic series which will be accompanied by a selection of opus.all images © the gallery and the artist(s)