Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Paris: Antoine D'Agata


Antoine d’Agata, Oscurana, Mexique, 2013-2015

Codex | Mexico, 1986-2021

Galerie Les filles du calvaire is pleased to announce a new solo exhibition of Antoine d’Agata which will take place from 28 October to 4 December 2021. Five years after his last exhibition Atlas, d’Agata revisits the work he produced in Mexico.

1986 – 2021.The body of work presented at the gallery reflects the experiences of this prolific artist: violent and troubled. The ensemble testifies to a journey, to incessant return trips to Mexico, which have been for the artist a field of absolute experimentation, beyond limits. The photographic material that makes up this ensemble comes from experiments carried out over a period of thirty-five years. Two histories are intertwined here, that of Mexico and that of the author’s relationship with the violence of a community that he has seen disintegrate.

“For forty years, – way before becoming a photographer – I live, through my own experience, in Mexico as elsewhere, in this requirement of a possible common, within the community of those who have no community. », As George Bataille calls it, a« community of lovers » in the broad sense, in love and stoned, invisible and infinitely fragmented, of those who have nothing but their body to survive, to feel and to exist. “

The entry point to this violence is the drug crystal meth, which spares neither individuals nor social structures. In order to directly incorporate this history of violence, d’Agata absorbs the chemicals that are its source. The process is both brutal and extra-ordinary. Devastated reality then becomes abominable: the landscape empties, human disintegrates, the death drive reaches its peak. Women images rhythm the show. These are the singular ones he met during their shared experience of violence.

The exhibition, planned during Paris Photo, deploys thirty-six distinct artistic languages through a unique experimental layout. Digital or silver photographs, serigraphs, engravings, videograms, found images. There are many ways to enter the work: formal, technical, political or conceptual. A system of “polyptic” frames, sometimes containing dozens of images, reveals the profusion of Antoine d’Agata’s work.

“No particular fondness for photography but the need to make the camera spit out what has not been said. Not to consider the thing but to swallow it whole. Spit it out. The material is there, in the ruts of reality. Through the tenacious habituation to pain and pleasure, I unravel the mechanics of our bodies that have become puppets, subjected to fear and desire.”

D’Agata’s method is a physical, direct involvement with the world and the experience of the constraint of the body, those imposed by violence, drugs or his presence in prisons. To bear witness to his own history and that of others, d’Agata conceives a kind of photographic labyrinth in which he assembles temporalities and arranges languages. The work is sometimes collaborative: stolen photos, silkscreens and images made by prisoners are superimposed on the photographer’s original images. The repertoire is that of crime, sex and drugs, punctuated by abandoned spaces. The dark romanticism of the origins gives way, to the rhythm of the exponential violence that Mexico is experiencing, to a photography where reality resurfaces, in its raw state. The contrast between the excess of gestures, visual saturation and the rigour of the exhibition makes it possible to apprehend the complexity of his subject.

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Antoine d’Agata, Oscurana, Mexique, 2013-2015


Saturday, October 23, 2021

Call for Entries: AAP Magazine #22 STREETS

Encyclopedia Britannica defines Street photography has "a genre that records everyday life in a public place."

Photographers have been documenting their environment since the invention of photography. The image "View of the Boulevard du Temple" by Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre, shows a Parisian street in 1838. Later encouraged by improvements in the portability and quality of cameras many photographers decided to record urban life. Charles Nègre, Eugene Atget, Alfred Stieglitz, Andre Kertesz, Berenice Abbott, Henri Cartier Bresson, Brassaï, Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Diane Arbus, Vivian Maier, Garry Winogrand, Lee Friedlander, William Eggleston... are amongst the many iconic photographers who captured changes in the fast-paced world of life in towns and cities.

Capturing the essence of the urban lifestyle is now both a popular form of art and an important medium of communicating the heart and soul of a society and its people.

Send us a cohesive body of work or portfolio - capturing the weird and wonderful moments unfolding around you! The subject is completely up to you. Any capture method or process, whether digital or analog, including monochromatic toning, is welcome.

Winners will receive $1,000 in cash awards, their winning image(s) or full portfolio published in AAP Magazine #22, extensive press coverage and global recognition.

All winners will have their work published in the 22nd printed issue of AAP Magazine, a free copy of the magazine and their portfolio showcased in the Winners Gallery of