Niepce Prize awarded to Raphaël Dallaporta
#PARIS Shooting protocols coupled with a documentary approach of rigorous neutrality, here is what could characterize the work of Raphaël Dallaporta the new winner of the 2019 Niepce Prize. His work was discovered in 2004 at Rencontres d’Arles festival on a proposal from Martin Parr. His project “Antipersonnel” upset our landmarks by applying photographic techniques of portraiture and still life to objects of death and destruction such as anti-personnel mines. These large glossy formats shocked, the message sent, of an incredible violence in a post-9/11 world, was clearly militant and everyone tried to approach the question with the same clinical distance as the photographer had taken care to engage in his shooting. Sublime boomerang images that came back to us in full face. Then it will be “Domestic Slavery” a series that reveals the daily inhumanities and confronts voluntarily ordinary, trivial images with the unspeakable, with powerful texts and that make all the strength of this project. Finally, more recently, these same meticulous conventions used to create a monumental black and white installation of the Chauvet cave.
“A cave needs to be treated with infinite restraint: like a landscape, a natural space that animates a deep sense of the immemorial in us.” Raphaël Dallaporta
This photographic installation, which could be discovered until the beginning of the year in 104, renewed by the approach of unexpected images, our look at 36,000 years of history, in a place strictly reserved for scientists from now on and which arouses the lust of collective imaginations. Raphaël Dallaporta creates totemic images with his elliptical panoramas designed for the site and which allow an almost perfect restitution of the relief of the cave. They reproduce, simultaneously and in the same photographic gesture, strata of different histories, from the floor to the ceiling. Black and white draws our gaze and our thoughts towards these graphic works and reveals their strange modernity.
Resident of Villa Medici in Rome in 2014 and already several times awarded with prestigious prizes, Raphaël Dallaporta sees his work crowned by the 2019 Niepce prize awarded on Wednesday by the association Gens d’Images wednesday evening at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France.
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