4 - 27 May
In the majority of societies, conflict is omnipresent: news, films, video games ... it is difficult not to see it, yet the image offered to us only presents an ideal fantasy detached from reality.
Even if the fantasy remains the same, the representation of war tends to change. While the reporter is asked to be closest to the event, since 2010 we have seen massively appearing images that are no longer made by the witnesses of the event, which are the reporters, but by the actors of the event themselves that are the fighters. The latter now produce the majority of war images using their smart phones, but are also becoming their broadcasters via social networks.
In this project, by fixing a camera on the torso of a Free Syrian Army fighter in the Aleppo and Idlib region, Emeric Lhuisset questions the contemporary place of the war reporter. But in this subjective camera video, he also chooses to produce a 24-hour sequence shot which will then be broadcasted in real time. He will revisit this video and systematically capture the unitary 1440 minutes of these 24 hours, thereby questioning our relationship to photography and the search for the decisive moment. Why still try to capture this decisive moment at the risk of missing it when you can succeed in filming in very high resolution and then all you have to do is capture the desired moment?
The artist invites us to question the representations and the use of the photographic medium but he also confronts us with the rawest reality, outside any fantasy, outside of the event, simply the banality of a daily life, that of a war.
BIOGRAPHY OF THE ARTIST
Born in 1983, Emeric Lhuisset grew up in the Parisian suburbs. He graduated in art (Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Paris) and in geopolitics (Ecole Normale Supérieure Ulm / Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne). His work has been presented in numerous exhibitions around the world (Tate Modern, Museum Folkwang, Institut du Monde Arabe, Stedelijk Museum, Rencontres d'Arles, Sursock Museum, CRAC Languedoc-Roussillon, Musée du Louvre Lens...). He won the British Journal of Photography International Photography Award 2020, the BMW Residence for Photography 2018 and Grand Prix Images Vevey - Leica Prize 2017. He has been teaching at Sciences Po University since 2007 on the theme of contemporary art and geopolitics.