Antenna

I remember when my brother bought his first Personal Computer, I was about five or six. I grew up with this tool that changed over time; the PC became a laptop and then a smartphone. Nowadays we live in the age of VR. All these things were brought to us so we could communicate with one another, live unreal experiences, get clo- ser with each other and amass/compile a personal and collective memory. These objects gained an full-blown presence, like an omnipresent and omniscient spirit that accompany our lives and examines our choices. These technologies are active absolutely everywhere: in our homes our pockets, and the invisible wave they produce entirely occupy our environnement.

My generation and the next ones have become the community that forms this « grand unity », we are somehow this omniscient spirit, this moving and connected collectivity, we know everything about everybody and we can get informed on all things at all times.
The danger of this over-technophilia is to give these technologies a positon of quasi-religion. And this is exactly what we’ve done. Antennas have become totems of their adoration. We adulate theme to a point where we are ready to modify our bodies to keep up with their fast evolution.

With a very free relation to photography, I explore how we interact with these technologies and I see how they contribute in shaping our lives. We use these technologies everyday and we can’t put a face on this hazy and transparent « being ». Do these things really exist ? Do they have their own physical reality, ... digital, ... is it all a dream ?

My photographies question the materiality of these objects, but also their representation in our environnement which creates a magical universe where situations out of this world are happening, but everything we see seams somehow familiar.

This project will be exhibited for the first time as a solo exhibition at Standard/Deluxe in Lausanne, Switzerland in April 2019.

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