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Yohann Gozard

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Yohann Gozard

Yohann Gozard

Biography

The work of Yohann Gozard explores the individual’s relationship to time, to the vacuity of deserted spaces with no identity, to the night's matt and deaf black.
He pushes his own use of technical entrenchments, plastic and theoretical, questioning the co-existence of film and digital technologies in where they make sense. He takes the opposite view of the decisive moment’s question by an almost exclusive use of long breaks to offer a more contemplative approach of the man’s relationship to his perception of space and time. His work explores the conflicting interdependencies between the seen and perceived. He questions the limits of image in what it first speaks to our vision, to our desire to see and consume the spectacular, to be seduced by obvious and flattering pictures. He manipulates our palatability to perform some grotesque formal comparisons, to the benefit of contextual gaps and unusual smash-ups. Finally, he also questions the memory of places and his tracks.

Portfolio about:blank

Started during a residence in Düsseldorf, Germany, my initial project was about exploring areas of Garzweiler’s gigantic opencast mines.

I didn’t intend to shot photographs that would be too much narrative or dramatic – something this kind of landscapes encourages, obviously – nor to dive into some moralistic considerations even though the existence of these mines attests of a radical choice: many villages are completely razed, highways and railroads are cut and a few months later, the whole is replaced by a gaping and out of scale hole.
I wanted to talk about these mines without showing them, by suggesting the strangeness of areas that do exist but don’t appear on maps other than represented by a white void. A place that changes so fast that the satellite images compiled by Google Earth are unable to restore it properly, displaying an incoherent set of impossible connections and pictures switching from blur to sharp.
The series “about:blank” follow that, whose title calls to mind the name of white pages “almost” empty on the Internet, and whose pictures are taken from nocturnal and overexposed photographs.
On the depicted landscapes, an intense lightening emanates from the ground, from the gaping hole where the machines are working with powerful spotlights which cause the light.
Thus the white light on the photographs exactly tallies with what is white on maps.

Portfolio Wonderpools

Lining roads off the cities, these large absurd shapes show countless poetic contradictions, favoured by incongruous formal parallels. Out of scale and as vulgar as mysterious, these structures evoke both the American dream and unlikely stele, the suburbs’ moai. Empty and shameless, these objects in self-promotion vertically reveal the contradiction between the blue-baby varnish that upholster them in hollow and the rough stratification which traces their facing’s topography.

Publications

Exhibitions: 

2014 “(Phosphene)”, Pleonasm, Brussels, Belgium.
2013 “Ressources poétiques”, Musée des Abattoirs, Toulouse.
2010 “In the night”, Proekt_Fabrika, Photobiennale 2010, Moscow House of Photography, Moscow, Russia.
2009 “Lumière noire”, Galeria Spectrum SOTOS, Zaragoza, Spain.
2006 “Pauses”, Le Château d’Eau, Toulouse, France

Additional information: 

Yohann Gozard on tumblr.