Screening and in-conversation: Thursday 20 September, 6:30pm
Alliance Française de Melbourne
51 Grey Street, St Kilda
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French artist Sylvain Couzinet-Jacques is currently undertaking a creative residency with Monash University Museum of Art | MUMA. A special screening of his work in progress followed by an in-conversation with the artist will be held at the Alliance Française on Thursday 20 September.
About Sylvain Couzinet-Jacques
Born in 1983, Sylvain Couzinet-Jacques is a graduate of the École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Marseille (2010) and the École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie in Arles (2012).
His work has been featured at Le BAL in Paris, Fotofestival Mannheim curated by Urs Stahel, and at the Aperture Foundation in New York. Couzinet-Jacques was awarded a fellowship at the Centre Photographique d’Ile-de-France, Paris, in 2015 and has been in residence at La Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris between 2014 and 2016. In 2015, he received the inaugural Immersion commission given by the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, in alliance with the Aperture Foundation.
His first book Eden was published by Aperture in November 2016. Couzinet-Jacques was selected as an artist member of the French Academy Casa de Velàzquez in Madrid for the year 2017-2018.
Couzinet-Jacques has spent the last several years working between documentary photography and the visual arts, and around the concept of re-enchantment. From the real estate crisis in Spain, to the figure of Black Bloc rioters and to his Eden project in North Carolina, his reflections traverse a world in crisis, the representation of which itself seems to be in its own equivalent crisis. The global stakes of the immaterial circulation of data, of private property and collective appropriation are the basis of his visual and sculptural exploration. The long-term project Eden, begun in 2015, involved the purchase a small, historical building in the township of Eden as a site for an immersive exploration of the ideas of property, community and image-making. Couzinet-Jacques grapples with the often contradictory themes of utopia and home, and the inevitable gaps between representation and reality, and the work of art as a means of re-enchantment.