February 11, 2014 - Jeu de Paume - Mathieu Pernot and Robert Adams
February 11, 2014


Mathieu Pernot, Caravan for the “Fire” series, 2013. Photograph. 110 x 150 cm, edition of 7. Collection of the artist. © Mathieu Pernot.

Mathieu Pernot: The Crossing
Robert Adams: The Place We Live

Until 18 May 2014

Jeu de Paume
1, place de la Concorde
75008 Paris

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Mathieu Pernot. The Crossing
Photographer Mathieu Pernot (b. 1970) specializes in documentary work, but offers a new take on the codes of this genre to develop a multi-voiced narrative. Whether through his own photographic work or the use of different archival material, Mathieu Pernot questions the diversity of means of representation and the very notion of how we make use of the photographic medium. The exhibition The Crossing is the concrete expression of a modern-day narrative with characters who live on the margins of society. The exhibition starts with “Photo Booths,” Mathieu Pernot’s first series of photos, taken between 1995 and 1997, of gypsy children in Arles, ending with their portraits taken in 2013, for the series “Fire,” specially created for the Jeu de Paume. It also includes works dealing with the issues of human migration (The Migrants, The Afghan Notebooks, The Last Journey), town planning (Implosions, Windows, The Best of All Worlds, Witnesses) and incarceration (Panoptic, A Bohemian Camp).

Curators: the artist and Marta Gili

Robert Adams. The Place We Live
Since the mid-1960s, Robert Adams (b. 1937, New Jersey) has been considered one of the most influential chroniclers of the American West. He has walked along its city streets and country roads, carefully registering how the landscape has been defiled by pollution, wanton development and heedless consumerism. He has also found a remarkable and persistent beauty amid this changing environment, standing in thrall to open expanses of sky, sea and prairie. With more than 250 pictures, this retrospective presents for the first time in France the diverse aspects of a four-decade work on American landscape, offering not only a narrative of the development of the Western United States in the late 20th and early 21st century, but also a challenging view of the complexity and contradictions of our contemporary, global society.

Curators: Joshua Chuang and Jock Reynolds

The exhibition Robert Adams. The Place We Live is organized by the Yale University Gallery, in collaboration with the Jeu de Paume for the presentation in Paris.

The Jeu de Paume is subsidized by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication.
It is supported by Neuflize Vie, its principal partner.

Mathieu Pernot and Robert Adams at the Jeu de Paume
Jeu de Paume
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