For millions of years, the sea has been brimming with a past, a history that has often been buried. But with the perpetual movement of the ocean, certain dramas and realities resurface, and the sea speaks to us. This exhibition brings together two artists, Cyril Burget and Laurence Nicola, both of whom wanted to transcribe what appears on the threshold of the shore. They have both used the transfer technique, one on mica and the other on seaweed, using photography as a revelator in the first sense of the word.
Cyril Burget became interested in enforced disappearances, and more specifically in the "flights of death" under Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship, and decided to go to Chile to meet the families. The families agreed to give him photos of their deceased. By transferring them onto seaweed, the image of these faces is revealed, making visible those who are no longer visible.
For Laurence Nicola, it's the subject of plastic that comes to the surface. The oceans are suffocating under pollution. So the artist collected plastic debris and placed it in a light box. The light reveals textures and images you'd never expect to
see: the landscape takes shape. And, using transfers on mica, Laurence Nicola makes manifest the idea of a new form of nature where false pretence reigns.
Ségolène Brossette Galerie
Since 2019, the gallery is located at 15 rue Guénégaud, in the 6th arrondissement of Paris. A space born from the privileged relationship that she has forged with the artists whose work she champions, a relationship based on the confidence built through a mutual desire to work together over a long term. Ségolène is committed to pursuing her plan of « giving photography and drawing the recognition they need in contemporary art. They tend to be seen as two separate media, even though they form part of a whole. » It should come as no surprise that this gallery owner, who wears many hats, has chosen to put down roots in the diverse neighbourhood of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, where design, modern art, contemporary art and primitive arts cross paths.