Old New World

 

/ 2020


> Solo show: Galerie Durev, Paris.
April-June 2021


Analog pictures made on a japanese paper negative, printed as lithographs, see the film on the process below ︎︎︎
[FR]
De mars à mai 2020, alors que Paris entre en confinement lié à la Covid-19, je décide de montrer l’arrêt d’un modèle qui a atteint ses limites, vécues alors si intensément. Pour rendre compte du caractère surnaturel ressenti alors, je choisis de détourner la représentation attendue de la photographie argentique documentaire par un procédé qui brouille nos repères de passé, de présent, de futur, de réalité et de fiction.

Ces photographies sont réalisées sur un négatif en papier japonais qui leur confère un aspect d’un autre temps. Les tirages ont été pensés pour la lithogravure, afin de confronter physiquement les éléments concrets qui ont permis leur existence avec l’étrange flottement dont nous avons été témoins.
[EN]
From March to May 2020, as Paris enters a Covid-19-related lockdown, I decide to show the cessation of a model that has reached its limits, experienced so intensely at the time. To capture the supernatural character felt at the time, I choose to divert the expected representation of documentary silver photography by a process that blurs our reference points of past, present, future, reality and fiction.

These photographs are made on a Japanese paper negative which gives them an aspect of another time. The prints have been designed for lithography, in order to physically confront the concrete elements that allowed them to exist with the strange floating that we have witnessed.










Lithographs: printing process


Although the paper negative already shows amazingly delicate texture (the paper fiber, the fine lines seen in the pictures above), I chose to produce the prints of the exhibition via a traditional lithographic process, in order to confront the fragility of the moment with the materiality of metal plate used as a matrix and of the inking press. Watch the making of those prints below.



© Maxime Riché 2022