Si / Jamais (2001)

Click on a part on the image and it changes. New meanings are created through the juxtaposition of disparate landscape images.

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Si/jamais proposes a set of pictures from photographic source that change by "touching" or a mouse over. By a simple hand movement, everything suddenly changes, a lake is drained or a building site becomes a surging sea. The horizon, the separation, the invisible fuzzy limit in each of these images opens up, like a hidden crack, on an unsuspected counterproposal. These reversals challenge the visitor in many ways. They express the built aspect of the landscape in the field of representation and highlight the countless manipulations made possible today by digital technology. They also highlight the ambivalent attitude of the individual toward the natural world, the desire to dominate it or let oneself be submerged by it. Water, omnipresent in all the images, establishes a continuity between them and symbolizes in turn immersion, movement and life, thanks to the many metaphors it can produce. The work invites us to position ourselves on the side of the if, the possible, or the never, the definitive in our relationship with nature.

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Artist Statement

Si/jamais proposes a set of pictures from photographic source that change by "touching" or a mouse over. By a simple hand movement, everything suddenly changes, a lake is drained or a building site becomes a surging sea. The horizon, the separation, the invisible fuzzy limit in each of these images opens up, like a hidden crack, on an unsuspected counterproposal. These reversals challenge the visitor in many ways. They express the built aspect of the landscape in the field of representation and highlight the countless manipulations made possible today by digital technology. They also highlight the ambivalent attitude of the individual toward the natural world, the desire to dominate it or let oneself be submerged by it. Water, omnipresent in all the images, establishes a continuity between them and symbolizes in turn immersion, movement and life, thanks to the many metaphors it can produce. The work invites us to position ourselves on the side of the if, the possible, or the never, the definitive in our relationship with nature.

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