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Melilla et Ceuta (2005)

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Jean-Paul II & Mehmet Ali Ağca

Gaza is no different than a burn­ ing bus in Clichy. Through French eyes, the romanticism of ruins is glocal: simultaneously planetary and hyper-local. It is this vision of “glocal” that we are retranscribing. Mc Luhan’s prophecy has definitely been realized: we find ourselves in a global village having become glo­ cal but certainly not in the best of worlds. It is time now for the gen­ eral public to establish its own va­ lue system, to size an image and measure its impact without the as­ sistance of the media. Our works do not take stances but rather of­ fer means to decipher and analyze images in the 21st century. To sup­ press the media means to remove the supervision of its authority, freeing the imagination. Our spectators are relearning how to read images in a society where each of us, through the use of cell phones and digital cameras, are be­ coming our own reporters. Facing the thousands of images invad­ ing our daily lives and taking a cer­ tain few to transform them into works of art allows us to mark time and rediscover the fabulous imagination which photography has brought to human relations.

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Listening to people comment on “uncaptioned” photographs is high­ ly fruitful. I remember this one particular photo taken in the London subway system where the crowd wanders through its tunnels. Most peo­ ple saw in this image a religious vi­ sion of a mass converging towards light, others, alien like beings with their craniums distorted by the lens. This picture will also grace the covers of all international press. Through a profusion of comments from our spectators we can attest that uncaptioning gives the images its lost occult drama. The Abode could very well be a real time press agency, a witness of this century, where one can read through a flow of art works, the delegendized history. This journey is atypical and constitutes alone one of the artistic approaches of the Abode of Chaos. thierry Ehrmann

Signe de Guerre

Opus IX: Abode of Chaos / La Demeure du Chaos 1999-2013  

thierry Ehrmann: we put all our passion and folly into preparing this French-English Collector, the book of the decade: 504 pages / 4.5 kg /...

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