Philippe Durand
OFFSHORE – NOUS IRONS TOUS AU PARADIS FISCAL

23.05 — 17.08.2008

The exhibition presents the photographic work made by the artist Philippe Durand in 2007 in the Caribbean, in line with his artistic practice of representing through photography contemporary socioeconomic realities. For about fifteen years ago, his work testifies of his interest, on the one hand, in paradigmic photography, a photography that deals with photography itself and on the other hand in the discrepancy between the image that is magnified by advertising these signs and objects and the way they really work.

Vernissage: 22.05.2008

Offshore will be travel to :

Galerie Laurent Godin, Paris

September 22 – December 21, 2008

Galerie Laurent Godin, Paris

November 27, 2008 – January 10, 2009

The project OFFSHORE - NOUS IRONS TOUS AU PARADIS FISCAL - consisting in shooting the invisible side of capitalism - is ultimately the achievement of this approach. In the Caribbean , he goes from the merchant world's hyper-visibility to the complete invisibility of the global financial flows. Most of Durand's photographs show what mankind has produced under the reign of capitalism, in order to enter our visual field as signs. The other photographies are showing small towns set in tropical [...]

The project OFFSHORE - NOUS IRONS TOUS AU PARADIS FISCAL - consisting in shooting the invisible side of capitalism - is ultimately the achievement of this approach. In the Caribbean , he goes from the merchant world's hyper-visibility to the complete invisibility of the global financial flows. Most of Durand's photographs show what mankind has produced under the reign of capitalism, in order to enter our visual field as signs. The other photographies are showing small towns set in tropical and lush landscapes that are home of the clearing houses where a fair share of the wealth generated by global capitalism passes in transit, only to become invisible. By confronting the kitsch-looking and insignificant fronts of offshore banks with the image - merchandise of limousines, 4x4 SUVs, yachts and Golfbuggies, Philippe Durand compensates the invisibility of "black finance" with the hyper-visibility that is produced by the reigning capitalism. Whilst suggesting a possible contemporary realism, Philippe Durand introduces a third component to his OFFSHORE series: a large proportion of his photographs represent disused, broken, and rusted cars, boats and houses. By introducing an entropic dimension, Philippe Durand develops his critique of the political economy of the signs. Here is a proposition for realistic art in this beginning of this century.


Sponsors

With the generous support of the following partner(s)

Artist file

Philippe Durand * 1963 in Lyon, lives in Paris

The project OFFSHORE - NOUS IRONS TOUS AU PARADIS FISCAL - consisting in shooting the invisible side of capitalism - is ultimately the achievement of this approach. In the Caribbean , he goes from the merchant world's hyper-visibility to the complete invisibility of the global financial flows. Most of Durand's photographs show what mankind has produced under the reign of capitalism, in order to enter our visual field as signs. The other photographies are showing small towns set in tropical [...]

The project OFFSHORE - NOUS IRONS TOUS AU PARADIS FISCAL - consisting in shooting the invisible side of capitalism - is ultimately the achievement of this approach. In the Caribbean , he goes from the merchant world's hyper-visibility to the complete invisibility of the global financial flows. Most of Durand's photographs show what mankind has produced under the reign of capitalism, in order to enter our visual field as signs. The other photographies are showing small towns set in tropical and lush landscapes that are home of the clearing houses where a fair share of the wealth generated by global capitalism passes in transit, only to become invisible. By confronting the kitsch-looking and insignificant fronts of offshore banks with the image - merchandise of limousines, 4x4 SUVs, yachts and Golfbuggies, Philippe Durand compensates the invisibility of "black finance" with the hyper-visibility that is produced by the reigning capitalism. Whilst suggesting a possible contemporary realism, Philippe Durand introduces a third component to his OFFSHORE series: a large proportion of his photographs represent disused, broken, and rusted cars, boats and houses. By introducing an entropic dimension, Philippe Durand develops his critique of the political economy of the signs. Here is a proposition for realistic art in this beginning of this century.


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