the invisible cities

the invisible cities 1. the awaiting (Paris 1871)

2008, installation, impressions sur papier (18 x 11 cm), lumière, dimensions variables

Photo: ©Alain Alquier / Le Parvis centre d'art contemporain, exposition "Entre les mondes" 19 juillet - 20 septembre 2014

From the floor of the exhibition room thousands of images pile up under the white light of a very powerful projector. Printed through a degradation of monochrome ink, the closer they are to the light, the whiter and the more invisible the images become. The images depict a still from the film La Commune (2000) by Peter Watkins.


the invisible cities 3. the spark (Vincennes 2008)

2008, installation, slide projection, phosphorescent screen, variable dimensions
Photo: ©Aurélien Mole / Centre photographique d'Île-de-France, exposition "fragments liminaires", 18 avril - 28 juin 2015
Photo: ©Aurélien Mole / Centre photographique d'Île-de-France, exposition "fragments liminaires", 18 avril - 28 juin 2015

A series of slides is projected onto a horizontal fluorescent surface, placed at ground level in a completely dark room. In their fleetingness, the images impregnate the screen, juxtaposing over one another, each interweaving itself with the prints of the previous ones. Ghost-like images, apparitions that reactivate a memory and which then, as they disappear, summon others. The slides represent a sequence of air views from a long angle shot of the Administrative Holding Centre of Vincennes (one of the 39 centres in France where immigrants are held in irregular conditions). On June 22 2008, a fire provoked by the detainees considerably destroyed this centre.