Michel Le Belhomme

"Les Deux Labyrinths"

Les Deux Labyrinths

While I hold a great respect for classical traditions of photography, I believe it is indispensable to place them in perspective. “The Two Labyrinths” explores its most blatant legend: landscape and its representation. Landscape, the ultimate romantic subject, most often expresses itself from the angle of the contemplative or the breathtaking. Etymologically, a landscape is a layout of traits, characters, and shapes of a limited space. It’s a portion of space that is represented or observed, subject to a point of view.

But it is to be seen firstly as a system, perfect theorem of time and space, of flows and crossings, of borders and intermixing. In this series, I firmly choose to stand “in conflict” with the landscape, as a vision and as a product of space and despite its apparent obviousness I assume it can be put in perspective and thus reinvented. To do so, I humbly place myself in a structural approach of the spectrums of exploration, analysis and experimentation of this visible production.

To experience landscape is to practice it, to place it in contradiction, thus creating a peripheral vision. The visible then asserts itself through deconstruction and alteration. Without moving away from the primary function of an image, which is to show, this series elaborates hybrid and fanciful creatures, images of images, representations of representations, and resonances of multiple echoes. Halfway between dreamt-up images, suspended between documentation and fiction, and a visual experience with floating absurdity and metaphorical irony; reality swiftly moves from obviousness to abstraction, from fullness to emptiness, from mockery to simulation. The visible thus becomes minimalistic, ghost-like, a breathtaking void, a work of fiction.

Michel Le Belhomme

Michel Le Belhomme (1973, France) studied at Rennes Art School, currently his is professor of Photography in the School of Art in Rennes. He won the Mission Jeunes Artistes (2010, Toulouse) and the first Prix lacritique – Voies Off, in Arles. His solo exhibitions included: Galerie le LAC GELÉ, Nîmes, France (2013) and Cuadro Art Gallery, Dubai.

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