French photographer Julie Hascoët is interested in the relationship between photography and the residual. In her series ‘Tandis que la peinture s’écaille’, she focuses on the process of degradation and on how certain elements of our surroundings, without disappearing, lose the strength of what once had a form and a name.
“Glorified images” is how Julie Hascoët defines photography. And crucial to her approach is the relationship between image and relic. For Julie, the residual and the photographic are both symbols of disappearance and resistance, occurring only in reference to something that no longer exists. While turning her gaze to the worn-out aspects of reality, Julie is actually questioning the “sacralization” of ordinary residues and the vanity implicit in the idea of decay. The moments and objects depicted in her pictures are all caught in a permanent process of disintegration, constantly mutating in their use, function and meaning. Camera in hand, Julie avidly registers and recomposes her surroundings, seeking to recreate a new unity made of small fragments.
‘Tandis que la peinture s’écaille‘ was shot in Mexico during a 3-months artist residency in 2012. It is a visual diary of Julie’s daily life, a poetic look at her surroundings with a reference to still life. Entering the field of photography from a visual arts background, she decided to keep a fine arts approach in her practice: “for me, photography is not an isolated medium, I rather see it as a raw material that you can compose and reorganize as you wish. Because of this, I consider each image in relation to the entire body of work as well as the space where it will be exhibited.”, she explains. Her pictures and compositions are an invitation to reflect upon the meaning of ordinary “ruins” and the aesthetics of everyday life.
About the artist:
Julie Hascöet (born 1989, in France) is a young visual artist. She graduated from l’Ecole Nationale Superieure de la Photographie (ENSP, Arles) in 2012. Her work questions the notions of territory, entropy, architecture, and she extends the practice of photography to a more general research on installation, printed matters, and self-publishing. Her work has been shown in photo festivals and publishing-related festivals (La Gacilly Photo Festival, Les Rencontres d’Arles, Tbilisi Book Days, etc.), in solo shows, and publications. Since February 2016, she is a member of Hans Lucas photo agency. Besides her artistic practice, she is also the founder of ZINES OF THE ZONE, a traveling collection of self-published zines & books photo-related. You can find our more about her work here.
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