Guy Tillim — Second Nature
Past: September 14 → December 22, 2013
Second Nature is the second large-scale monographic exhibition in France by that key figure of contemporary South African photography, Guy Tillim. He exhibits his latest project for the very first time in France at the CPIF. Second Nature comprises two series of photos he took in French Polynesia and São Paulo between 2010 and 2011.
This group of photos explores to what extent a photographer can truly render a natural or urban landscape by evoking a question which is inherent to the representation of landscape:
“How much do you ‘give’ a scene and how much do you let it speak for itself ?”
The Polynesian landscape has been the subject of numerous sketches and photos since Captain Cook’s voyages at the end of the 18th century, perhaps because it almost eludes any convincing form of representation. When Guy Tillim takes photos of a landscape, he sets himself the task of “actually seeing the landscape. It’s space that changes its face with a glance or a ghost of a thought.” Rather than represent a landscape through details or its monumentality, he is trying to capture an in-between space which makes this representation of nature seems familiar, where each element can express itself equally and without hierarchy.
As if looking for a modern counterpoint to his Polynesian photos, Guy Tillim travelled to São Paulo — a town which has also been filmed, photographed and described from every conceivable angle. Here too, he was seeking a new way of describing a city of which it has been said that “its total absence of personality has become its personality.” Guy Tillim took the same approach to this urban landscape as to the landscapes of Polynesia:
“I show a sort of indeterminate area. The things that we don’t notice, as they are quotidian things. They contribute as much to the landscape as the other things."
Second Nature by Guy Tillim, 2012.
Opening Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 3 PM
Après-midi de réflexion autour de la représentation du paysage en photographie
Sunday, November 17, 2013 2 PM → 6 PM
À l’occasion de l’exposition Second Nature de Guy Tillim présentée jusqu’au 22 décembre, le CPIF s’associe au Parc Culturel de Rentilly pour un après-midi de réflexion autour de la représentation du paysage en photographie.
107, av. de la République
T. 01 70 05 49 80 — F. 01 70 05 49 84
Wednesday – Friday, 1 PM – 6 PM
Saturday & Sunday, 2 PM – 6 PM
Other times by appointment