« Sommeils hantés » de Jean-Luc Moulène

Michel Poivert
2010 Études Photographiques  
Jean-Luc Moulène sets up his camera on the ground or on the seats in Paris metro stations. Aiming it at the vault-like walls covered with advertising, he takes the point of view of the homeless who sleep there, overarched by these images of the inaccessible. Images whose ambient lighting, framing, and curving distortions transform them into anamorphic mirages: twisted faces looming outwards, a horse leaping across the frame, viscous objects pirouetting, somebody's back coming apart, a liquid
more » ... lling out violently. All hallucinatory motifs and shapes, the posters seem to concretize nightmares at once rooted in the anxieties of the sleepers and embodying the fate of images at best suited to the walls of some antiquated brothel. Focus of our dreams – but dreams already come and gone – these lures signal the end of the age of their hijacking, recycling, collaging, and all the other attemps to conscript them into art's grand parade. Now they survive as no more than the specters of capitalism. Jean-Luc Moulène lives and works in Paris where he graduated in art from the Sorbonne University in 1979. His work has been exhibited in many French institutions including the Musée du Louvre, the Jeu de Paume, the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris/ARC and the Carré d'Art-Musée d'Art Contemporain in Nîmes. His photographs have also been presented at Culturgest in Lisbonne, C/O in Berlin, Centre d'Art Contemporain of Genève and at the Center for Contemporary Art in Kitakyushu (Japon). He is represented by the Chantal Crousel Gallery in Paris and the Thomas Dane Gallery in London. His last catalogue was published in fall 2009 by Walther König Verlag.
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