Sophie Combes



By using the versatility of the photography, my first concern is the landscape as a human construction and as a perception and as a space that shows the marks of social and economic structures. The intention is not to produce documentary images but to look what remains hidden and what is generally banished from any consideration in order to punctuate a certain entropy produced by our time.
The kind of places which I investigate are the ones where the economy leaves its imprint on a given context, places which are not destinations but rather intermediate, crossed or untidy spaces, sorts of contemporary limbo. Then, it is a question of showing what is marginalized, rejected or what would exist only as a transition between two states, between two moments or places, between evolution and decay. Looking for what remains hidden and what is usually banished from any consideration allows to develop a sort of investigation on the nature of the pictures and the way they are shown, the the relevance of the photographic representation in a context of digitalization and of an insertion into a continuous flow.
Besides, it implies to examine the materiality and the value of the photographed image, its principle of revelation and persistence but also the representation and the visual abstraction, and the way these two disparate elements can combine in one picture. The nature of our palimpsest changes, the special effects haunt our perception of the reality, and the possibilities of vision increase and transform our memories.
The photography is envisaged as a space of transition, interactions and the images question the way they are appearing, the limits of the medium, its contradictions and its links with painting, sculpture, drawing or video.
As it questions the process of vision, the photographic image becomes a surface of projection, a screen on which lies trajectories and sensations.

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