Sébastien Camboulive — Contiguïté



Sébastien Camboulive

Past: April 13 → June 15, 2019

Les Douches la Galerie present Continguity, Sébastien Camboulive’s latest solo exhibit, following on from his series Spirales in 2008, Visages and La limite pluie-neige in 2013. Built round old magazine images, Contiguïté brings together 20 never-before-seen prints through a tale of transmission and renewal.

Stemming from a rigorous selection of 1950s and 60s news magazine images, Contiguïté is at once the subject of transmission and an attempt to appropriate. By deploying motifs taken from a single domain, Continguïté is very clearly part of Camboulive’s serial works, as well as part of his constant drive to refresh his visual vocabulary.

From a hundred copies of magazines that he found in an attic, Camboulive kept 200 images, subjecting some to reworking and reframing. He was keen on their immediate formal interest, and subsequently composed a body of singular images that evoke a moment of the past while also being freed of their original mission to inform and illustrate.

Appropriating existing documents — a first in Camboulive’s work — represents a form of ecological iconography in a context where we are saturated by images, but it is also a deconstruction of classical photographic procedures. Camboulive extracts the image from its medium, from its historical context and its original meaning, keeping only a nebulous form placed in an enigmatic whole.

This doubt, which is characteristic of his work, is already present in the series Visages, where individual identities seem imperceptibly absorbed by the group, as well as in the fictional assembly of real moments in La limite pluie-neige. In Contiguïté, the images projected outside their time are fragments, glimpses of our contemporary turmoil.


Sébastien Camboulive

Les Douches la Galerie

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  • Sébastien Camboulive