The exhibition brings together the work of three artists stimulated in their creations by constraint and isolation. Three artists from three different generations and different perspectives, from humanist photography to conceptual photography.
In 2018, Elsa & Johanna seek isolation in the city of Calgary, Canada. By photographing themselves in obsolete interiors, they capture the atmosphere of a border territory "without history", of suburban areas surrounded by the immensity of nature. The chosen photographs analyse and question a sense of loneliness and confinement. The two characters take us behind them in their expectations and dreams, on the borders of reality and fiction.
In 2008, Jérôme Bryon approaches the subject literally, by voluntarily shutting himself up in some hotel room. He thus creates a series of very strong images by simply using what he finds in the rooms: a bed, a bed base... The use of strong constraints of place and the attention to unattractive subjects irrigates Bryon's work, the images that he draws from them become a journey.
Several decades earlier, in 1947, the master of photography Lucien Hervé produced a series of photographs that went down in history under the name "P.S.Q.F". In "Paris Sans Quitter ma Fenêtre", Hervé captures everyday scenes from his flat: a single, constrained and unique point of view. The result is formidably dynamic thanks to the variety of angles and Lucien Hervé's ability to play on the details as well as on the compositions as a whole.
The constraints within which these three artists confine their lenses testify to the power of photography to transform reality, to initiate an immobile journey, and to trigger the imagination of the beholder. These three individual experiences of artistic confinement form a set of strong, poetic and touching images.
Galerie La Forest Divonne
Founded in 1988 by Marie-Hélène de La Forest Divonne, Galerie Vieille du Temps became Galerie La Forest Divonne in 2015, upon moving in new walls, rue des Beaux Arts. She opened a second space in Brussels in 2016, run by her son Jean de Malherbe. Two generations of gallerists build up an independent line of international artists, putting quality and timelessness as first criteria of their choices.