蕭壠文化園區Siao-Long Cultural Park
稍縱即逝圖像的嘆息The breath of the ephemeral icons
三位年輕的法國攝影師Robin Lopvet、Zoépie以及Isabelle Ha Eav在臺南國際攝影節展出主題「稍縱即逝圖像的嘆息」之作品。攝影師被「放逐」臺南和嘉義，在短時間深入探索之前沒注意過的文化。廟宇文化、歷史背景、移民浪潮、在地文化、政治變革等都不在他們原本的個人「框架」中，透過在臺灣的經驗，三位攝影師創造出各種圖像。
Venue: Siao-Long Cultural Park, A14 Gallery
Our human brain creates physical and mental territories, visual and cultural landmarks, individual frames and cases : we all create our own system to «read» the world around us : to make it more understandable. We look at our environment with a background made out from our family heritage, the education system we went threw and our own experience of the world. Culture can be defined as commun territories, systems, experiences of a group of people and images made out of it are called « Icons ».
Robin Lopvet, Zoépie and then Isabelle Ha Eav, the three young French photographers who are exhibiting in « Breath of ephemeral icons » during the Tainan International Photography Festival, have been «dropped» in Taiwan, Tainan, Jiali. They dived during a short time in a culture they ignored before. Temple life, historical background, immigration waves, local culture, political changements…were out of there personal « frames ». And the three of them were asked to create images out of their experience here.
- How could you frame the world in that position?
- As a person, how could you take images which can create bridges between your individual culture and the world you are asked to explore?
- What will you grab from an environment that you don’t totally understand?
- What is universal and what is making Tainan so particular?
I think visiting those three exhibitions you can have a sensation of it. Some clues are appearing for those who are willing to take the time to sit and listen what the images shown here have to say. The three artist created their ephemeral icons, trying to give marks for themselves grabbing known and unknown details from local culture, with the aim to be able to share it with you during the festival.
Those three talented artists are developing their own language using photography.
They don’t try to follow a « style » and they are not lead by a legacy of photography history: they use their camera as an experience, as a way to be focused on the world, as an instrument of personal knowledge. They don’t want to «re-produce», they don’t want «recognize», they want to experiment and share the result of it. Of course this knowledge is not institutional. Those individual experiences can’t be taught in schools or educational program. They are exploring territories of consciousness which can’t be read by everybody. But they are creating new forms which maybe could be the first breath of future icons. That’s why festivals and exhibition spaces exist: giving a time to you to be faced to languages which need all your attention to be translated, for you to take the time to listen to the breath of the emerging creation. For you to see your world saw by stranger approaches.