The work of Marcel Dinahet is closely connected to the seashore. Since the early 1980s he has been exploring terrestrial and submarine landscapes with a video camera. The pieces he first put together from filmed sequences still cultivated his past as a sculptor, with which he did not break completely when he “changed over to images”, because he now submerged his sculptures in the sea. Abandoning them to the effects of the elements, losing them and then retrieving them during his dives, he finally relinquished them altogether and devoted himself to an investigation of the Brittany coast. His research soon extended across the entire Atlantic sea front and the Mediterranean coast.
From his carefully planned travels he brought surprising images which, at first glance, elude any documentary or narrative logic. Recorded by a camera often abandoned to the elements, to the movements of the sea or to those of a body walking or driving around, they have a physical impact on the viewer.