Baptiste Rabichon is exhibiting “A l’intérieur cet été”
#PARIS Baptiste Rabichon takes us into a summer tale in the middle of the Parisian winter at the Paris-Beijing gallery.
“A l’intérieur cet été” extends his series “Dame de Coeur” presented in March 2018, in reference to Lewis Carroll’s queen, and in turn gives a multitude of winks to the character of Alice in Wonderland.
The exhibition is introduced by two new pieces that have nothing to do with the 17th series, which represents the backbone of the journey proposed by Baptiste Rabichon. In a way revealing the end of a cycle and the beginning of a new narrative form, the welcoming work entitled Netflix already conceals all the elements of a much more intimate narrative, it compiles fragments of life with a more complex form of composition. It is expressed as a double invitation: that of the current exhibition and that of already arousing the desire for the next one. Le Lunettier, the second work to open the exhibition, is clearly an invitation to change our angle of view and to move into a different dimension as Alice did when she entered Wonderland.
The proposed trip is in a summer world in the middle of flowers where the body of a naked woman appears and disappears. In this Eden, we share the size of this “Eve” which has the same scale as us. Here, it is the flowers and plants that are giant and create a trans-dimensional corridor composed of about fifteen works.
Like a craftsman, Baptiste Rabichon composes in successive layers using all the ancient and modern techniques of photography. Like an alchemist, it experiments with new ways of producing images, mixing analog and digital imagesalternating prints, photograms, caches or direct flower projections, thus navigating from the darkroom to the computer screen. This work, which he does in absolute darkness, involves great concentration and leaves, despite everything, a lot to chance and accident, which gives the works a fantastic dimension.
With these thousand photographic sheets, Baptiste Rabichon creates a floral jungle in which the character is part of nature, thus rediscovering harmony and full vitality. But beyond that, the works on display reveal a friction between negative and positive, between photography and painting, and invite the visitor into an odyssey between reality and fiction.
A hymn to nature, to paradise lost!
A l’intérieur cet été
24 January – 02 March 2019
62 rue de Turbigo 75003 Paris
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