With the exhibition The Memory of the Future. Photographic Dialogues between Past, Present and Future, the Musée de l’Elysée encourages contemporary artists to take a close look at photography as a medium, innovates as it reveals a 3D digitization technology developed by Artmyn, a spin-off from Lausanne’s Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), and displays its unique visual heritage.
The exhibition opens up a dialogue between the work of the pioneers of photographic techniques (the past), those of contemporary artists that breathe new life into these skills (the present), and avant-garde technologies that update these early processes (the future).
Works from the museum’s collections, contemporary artists and new technologies come face to face and join forces to give a brand new vision of the history of photography.
A book covering the exhibition is also available
Tatyana Franck, Musée de l’Elysée, assisted by Lydia Dorner and Emilie Delcambre
Takashi Arai | Israel Ariño | Anna Atkins | Patrick Bailly-Maître-Grand | Pierre Cordier | Bernd & Hilla Becher | Martin Becka | Binh Danh | Jayne Hinds Bidaut | John Dugdale | Dan Estabrook | Jean-Gabriel Eynard | Joan Fontcuberta | Dennis Gabor | Loris Gréaud | JR | Idris Khan | Laure Ledoux | Gustave Le Gray | Gabriel Lippmann | Vera Lutter | Christian Marclay | Mathew Brady | Vik Muniz | Oscar Muñoz | Eadweard Muybridge | France Scully Osterman & Mark Osterman | Andreas Müller-Pohle | Florio Puenter & Dino Simonett | Benjamin Recordon | Jerry Spagnoli | Joni Sternbach | James Turrell | Martial Verdier | Paul Vionnet | Jean Walther | Pierre Wetzel | Victoria Will | Nancy Wilson-Pajic
For several years, photographer Steeve Iuncker studied the passage from childhood to adulthood, examining the lack of clearly-identified rites in our secular societies. His pictures capture the acts of teenagers as they affiliate themselves with reckless rites. Risk-taking, seeking oblivion as a form of death and rebirth, testing boundaries and transformative acts – the photographer weaves a subtle visual coming-of-age landscape, reminding us of our own private rituals.
He maps unknown territories made up of hesitations as well as initiations, and, in a very personal way, examines a stage of life with all that it involves in terms of risk and pain in a world that offers few pointers. Parachuting, teenage pregnancies, drunken parties, periods of incubation and boredom, scarifications and tattoos, violence that simmers or is channeled into sport - the aspects addressed by the photographer do not attempt to give a universal, unequivocal definition of teenage rites of passage. Instead, he sketches a subtle, intimate portrait of youth trying to find itself.
Steeve Iuncker works in large 4x5 inch film format, giving a distance to the subject that he esteems “just” – in other words, honest and non-intrusive. His approach, both intimate and informative, is transformed at the moment of printing by an analogical pigment process (the Quadrichromie Fresson carbon process). The resulting pictorial aspect gives this very contemporary work a timeless materiality and esthetics.
Caroline Recher, Musée de l’Elysée, assisted by Christelle Michel
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