In Metanoia, in the privacy of his studio, Georges Pacheco, photographed different people (from Religious professionals to people who practice religion), praying or meditating. And captured the intimate moment of dialogue of these people with themselves or with a divine entity. Approaching the concept of portrait in an experimental way, Georges seeks to question in this series the transformation process, or better, transfiguration, during the act of prayer or spiritual reflection. In parallel with scientific studies showing neurological changes during religious or mystical experiences, this work tries to understand, with a particular approach to the notion of portrait, if the photography, as a mean of the transcription of real, can detect and capture the signs of such transfiguration in these faces inhabited by inner dialogue. Part of the colective exhibition of the “Dear Sir” agency called We Are All Made Of Scars.
Georges Pacheco lives between Le Mans and Arles. He graduated at École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie d’Arles in 2012 as well as in Psychology of Art at Université Paris X. For some years now he dedicates to deeply scrutinizing human condition. By adapting his approaches and devices to the different problems he addresses, he tries to understand the processes of representation by means of photo portrait and to engage into observing human kind. Both his commitment and his proximity to the subjects he photographs or he asks a self portrait to, are also consequences of his own needs to test and question the others. George Pacheco has exhibited his work, among other locations, at the Galerie du Château d’Eau, Toulouse and Centro Português de Fotografia, in 2007, at the Festival May-Photographs of Quimper in 2008, Centre of Contemporary Art, Strasbourg Stimultania in 2009 and IMMIX Gallery, Paris, in 2011. His work was also shown within the context of Festival Voies Off, Arles 2008, Festival ImageSingulière, Sète 2009 and Journées Photographiques de Bienne 2012, as a finalist of Rado Star Prize. His series Amalthée was part of the international selection of Arles Festival Voies Off, 2012. One of its images is exposed at London National Portrait Gallery as a finalist of the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, and in 2012 he was awarded the 2nd Prize of Photographies de l’Année, in the category of Portrait. He was attributed the Prix Voies Off at Arles in 2007 and in 2009 he was one of the 16 finalists of Prix de Photographie de l’Académie des Beaux Arts.