The set of photographs presented here, called Loto Nero (Black Lotus), consists of thirty large-format black-and-white landscapes. The series was shot during an unaccompanied
voyage by their author in September 2018 to the Huangshan mountains (the "Yellow Mountains") in the eastern provinces of China.
Loto Nero follows on from a previous set of photographs by the author (Géographie
Sentimentale (Sentimental Geography), 2013), delving deeper into the perspectives outlined in the earlier work. Together, the two series form part of a broader personal and artistic project
(Errances) that comprises an existential and introspective examination of the enigma of death and the feelings of melancholy it evokes. These two strands run through the entire work to form,
through their universal nature, a nexus between artist and spectator.
The photographs have been overlaid with multiple plastic effects.
This approach is not limited to Loto Nero but is in fact characteristic of the author’s entire opus. It tends to reveal to the viewer an authentic creative pulse that transcends the "thanatic" enigma depicted in the background and invites reflection on the potential of the photographic medium itself.
Galerie Catherine & André Hug
Catherine and André Hug Gallery was founded in Paris in 2000. Located in the heart of Saint Germain des Prés, Paris’ artistic and historic district, the Gallery is primarily dedicated to contemporary art, representing artists of various expressions – from painting to installation, drawing and sculpture – the gallery has gradually dedicated itself to photography and for the last five years exclusively to photographic works. For the past five years, the gallery presented, among others, the documentary work of the famous American photographer Susan Meiselas (Prince Street Girls, 1976), the far north exploration of British photographer Stuart Franklin (Narcissus, 2010), classical and meditative landscapes of Italian George Tatge, fictions by Canadian Kourtney Roy, and the minimalist and poetic representations of Japanese Ryo Suzuki.