Are We ?, (2006)


In Paris, Mumbai, Buenos Aires, Los Angeles, the North Pole and elsewhere, our different outlooks have been shaped by our personal and political concerns. We have questioned current events and our impressions have been partly influenced by History. Faces, odd encounters, urban landscapes and desolate wastelands have become the life and soul of our photography. Man is faced with the disquieting environment he himself created and to which he endlessly tries to give meaning. He is pushed back by nature and overwhelmed by its almighty magnitude. As different worlds meet in serious or ironic circumstances, contrasts suddenly appear, and the question “Are we?” remains unanswered.
“Are we?” is the continuation of Tendance Floue’s collective questioning and the third and final instalment of the trilogy started in 1999. In “Are we?” our preoccupations have become even more timeless, more distanced from concrete events.
In the words of Jean Baudrillard in a text specially destined for the book “Are we?”, “Behind the “blur” (“flou”), lies the intuition that it is impossible for one to grasp reality in full focus, that it is impossible to capture the world in its fluidity, transience, and inaccuracy – and thus be a true witness. This is about capturing movement, the mode of apparition, in a sort of anamorphose and improvisation.”
In 2007, the book “Are We?” (“Sommes-Nous ?”) won the Infinity Award from the International Center of Photography – New-York (ICP).
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