Installation. 2018 Security barriers, Digital photography (15x21cm), Cardboard paper postcard
Paradis Retrouvé project begins a reflection on man's immanent desire to control and dominate his natural environment. The installation offers a postcard-sized photograph, surrounded by security gates forming a half circle of 1.50 meters radius.
The photograph was taken on a day of walking in one of the most famous public gardens of Paris. It shows an isolated tree with a portion of grass and delimited by chains, with two semicircular benches that follow the outline. In turn, security barriers encircle the whole thing. The capture of this moment is a paradox of the imaginary ideal garden, isolated, conducive to rest and fullness with the inaccessibility of access as the ultimate measure of protection, image even of the scarcity of nature in cities. This contrast is accentuated with, on the ground, the traces of machine tires that mark the terrain and question again the impact of man on natural spaces. Intentions, good or bad, which are always summarized by selfish and anthropocentric acts.
Thus, Paradis Retrouvé is a reflection of our desire to keep a memory, an image of paradise lost, this is the choice of format and postcard design. The presence of security barriers in the exhibition space is a mise en abyme of the situation inviting the public to (re) question the limits of their actions and their relationship to the world. The size of photography and its distance from the public refers to the failure of the human being to reach the famous paradise.