Discover Eric Bourret's photographic installation at the towers and ramparts of Aigues-Mortes.
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Eric Bourret is an artist-photographer proposing 12 "photographic installations " in 8 towers on the Chemin de ronde of the Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes.
The artist invites you to make his sequences your own, little by little, on a slow, poetic journey of discovery.
The original scenography, conceived by the author, sets the medieval architecture in tension with the posed, suspended and reclining images. Éric Bourret's works recount the vitality of Nature here and elsewhere, opening up perspectives on the surrounding landscape. But above all, it's the profound plastic beauty that grips us.
The sea and water are the common thread running through the exhibition - in immediate resonance with the history of Aigues-Mortes and its lagoon bordering the Mediterranean - revealing both the power of the narrative snapshot in the "NO LIMIT" series, "ZERO L'INFINI" series, or the lyrical abstraction of a material that questions the visitor in the "PERPETUUM MOBILE" and "KOSMOS" installations, or the vibrant scores of the "PRIMARY FOREST" and "ARBOS" series.
Finally, Eric Bourret shares his view of the Camargue, in photographs taken during his winter 2022 residency on this flat, horizontal territory.
Eric Bourret is an artist-walker whose entire body of work is devoted to the infinite landscape.
For the past 30 years, he has been surveying the Alps, the Himalayas and the primeval forests of Macaronesia. Using photographic installations, the artist attempts to translate his walks, which last from a few days to several months, and the resulting experience.
Over the course of his walks, lasting from a few days to several months, the artist superimposes different views of the same landscape on a single negative, following a precise protocol that determines the number and spacing of shots. These sequences intensify and accelerate the imperceptible movement of geological strata and freeze man's ephemeral temporality.
Accident and the unforeseen are assumed in this concept of random photographic seizures. This photographic ephemeris disintegrates the structure of the initial image and creates another moving, sensitive reality. The image born of this "temporal layering" is vibrant, oscillating, almost animated. It bears witness to a subjective experience, as he himself confides: "I'm made up of the landscapes I pass through and that pass through me. For me, the photographic image is a receptacle of form, energy and meaning.
Born in Paris in 1964, Éric Bourret lives and works in the South of France and in the Himalayas. His work as a "walking artist His work as a "walking artist" follows in the footsteps of the English Land-Artists and landscape surveyors-photographers.
Since the early 1990s, he has traveled the world on foot, crossing all horizons at all altitudes, taking photographs that he calls "the experience of walking, the experience of the visible".
In these images, Éric Bourret expresses the profound sensory and physical transformations brought about by walking. The experience of the journey exacerbates perception and receptivity to the landscape.
Since 1990, his work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions and acquisitions in museums and art centers in Europe, the United States, Asia and Africa, including the 56th Venice Biennale, Joburg Contemporary African Art, the Shenzhen Art Museum and the Xie Zilong Art Museum in China, Espace de l'Art Concret in Mouans-Sartoux, Pavillon de Vendôme in Aix-en-Provence, Sapar Contemporary Gallery in New York, Musée de Lodève, Centre de la Vieille Charité in Marseille, Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire, MuMA in Le Havre...
What you need to know before your visit
- The exhibition takes place on different towers of the Chemin de ronde, entry recommended 1h15 before the ticket office closes.
- Event on the chemin de ronde, not accessible to people with reduced mobility