The humanistic, social and sculptural photographs of the Vaud artist Matthieu Gafsou are the focus of the new exhibition at the Pully Art Museum (VD). “The veil of reality. A photographic journey” can be discovered from September 16th to December 11th.
The Pulliéran Museum traces for the first time Matthieu Gafsou’s photographic journey, from his beginnings almost fifteen years ago to his last series “Living”, completed this spring, its managers explain. The result of a close collaboration with the artist, the exhibition offers “a unique, personal and poetic insight into the photographer’s artistic practice”.
While the first series by Matthieu Gafsou (“Surfaces”, 2006-2008, “Terres compromises”, 2010, “Alpes”, 2009-2012) stand in the tradition of documentary landscape photography, the following works (“Sacré”, 2011 – 2012, “Only God Can Judge Me”, 2012-2014, “H+”, 2015-2018) address social issues such as the Lausanne drug scene and transhumanism.
The series “Living” deals with the artist’s growing concern about the ecological crisis. “Climate change, sixth species extinction, collapse rhetoric: That’s how my project started. By the emergence of uncertainty, by the conviction that a complex and uncertain horizon is emerging with increasing sharpness,” explains the photographer.
This series, developed over nearly four years, “appears as a complex work with ample narrative and great freedom that seems to herald a new direction in its production,” notes the Pully Art Museum. A series of large formats can also be seen outside its walls on the Milliquet quay in Pully until the end of October.
Matthieu Gafsou, born in Lausanne in 1981, studied philosophy, literature and the history and aesthetics of cinema at the University of Lausanne. He then continued his education in photography at the School of Applied Arts in Vevey.
Since 2006, the artist has participated in numerous group and individual exhibitions, notably at the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne and at the Rencontres de la photographie in Arles (F). At the same time he teaches at the Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne (ECAL).
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