“For this photographic research project, we decided to experience isolation.” Inspired by Michel Tournier’s novel Vendredi ou les limbes du Pacifique [Friday, or, The Other Island], the artists experimented with extreme isolation in two different ways. First, they stayed on the almost uninhabited Anticosti Island, known for its treacherous reefs that have caused historic shipwrecks in the mouth of the St. Lawrence. Then, they plunged into crowded city life on Manhattan Island. They wandered both places with their camera for 10 days without seeking contact with anyone. The result is a photographic dialogue where asceticism contrasts with global mobility. Above all, the works reveal a desire to transgress social rules, to step outside the box and take refuge in the visual periphery. It’s a shipwreck where what the “other” sees is what you see and where solitude tries to save the essence of humanity.
Nuria Carton De Grammont
Curator and art historian