Thursday, January 2, 2014

Pierre Leblanc is a Belgium photographer

Pierre Leblanc is a Belgium photographer

« My photographies cannot be separated from the projects in which I commit myself : exhibitions in profit of breast cancer research, image education through photography, portraits of adults with neuromotor handicap at Alexandre Glasberg specialised center, etc…I use photography as a medium of my sensibility to other and its story, and the best way for me to express it is staging. Through these pictures, I question the human being hypocrisy who keeps on destroying its own planet, the raise of extremism at the eve of the 2012 French  presidential elections (Series : One minute of silence), and the absurdity of our lifestyle. Therefore, since 2005, I multiply initiatives, either working with young deaf teenagers, or creating a photo workshop in an Emmaus Social Center. My work is also deeply anchored in a territory : the parisian suburbs. I live in Montreuil and it’s also in link with its population, shopkeepers, neighbours that I create a part of my work.
The photography which won the 1st prize of the contemporary art competition of Christiane Peugeot’s Foundation in Paris is part of a series entitled: «The Bench / ». In a unique set and exclusively shot by night, this series tends to show different forms of our obscene behaviors, and the hysteria of our modern societies full of our so human incoherence. Staging is then more and more important in work, because it allows me to express sincerely and freely my feelings and my disagreements towards the world or towards the system in which I survive.
To keep on going, I would quote these few lines from an interview written by Léa Fraisse ( press attaché) :
Is Art Work always carrying somewhat a political message? Are they projecting a particular world consciousness? Are they producing discourses in fact ? And even, by pure provocation, would you say that Art shoud be militant? Conversing with Pierre Leblanc, who defends himself from having any kind of political will, but who still smells good the committed artist,  my questions where stronger than ever. Because, as the photographer says so well, in oppressed societies, Art is often the last bastion of revolt, refusal, alternative and dream.  But then, what about our sacrosanct Democracies ? Would Art fall asleep ? Isn’t it in our nice liberal societies, governed by people who teach us to think Freedom (but can Freedom be taught ?),  who cherish it by offering it nice frames, attractive colors, bronze but misleading reflections, isn’t it precisely here that art should keep vigil ?  Make sure not to fall asleep with too exciting promesses, not to let itself be blinded by mad but always overwise lights, make sure the utopia survives in our fragile consciousness ? “
My artistic work takes place in the following way, before beginning a new series, I always ask myself the same question: do I have something to say? Then I ask myself how I’m going to stage those emotions, which set will allow me to create relevant and forcefull scenes, in relation with the theme defined for this series. Then comes the search for the characters…The project I’m preparing at the moment is entitled “Life upside down”, consisting of 10 photos, shot in 10 different sets. Each photography will come with a video shot in the set with the same actors…for the moment, I’m in the writing process of this project ! » Pierre Leblanc.

« Les photos de Pierre Leblanc sont indissociables des projets dans lesquels l’artiste s’engage : exposition au bénéfice de la recherche pour le cancer du sein, éducation à l’image par la photo, portraits de personnes en situation de handicap neuro-moteur à la Maison d’accueil spécialisée Alexandre Glasberg, etc… 
A travers ses photos, Pierre Leblanc s’interroge sur l’hypocrisie de l’être humain qui persiste à détruire sa planète, sur la montée des extrémismes à la veille de l’élection présidentielle de 2012, l’absurdité de nos modes de vies. 
Depuis 2005, le photographe multiplie donc les initiatives, tantôt travaillant avec des jeunes adolescents sourds de l’Institut national des jeunes sourds de Paris, tantôt en montant un atelier photo dans un centre d’hébergement et de réinsertion sociale d’Emmaüs. Son travail est également profondément inscrit dans un territoire, celui de la banlieue parisienne. L’artiste vit à Montreuil et c’est aussi autour de la population de la ville, de ses commerçants, des voisins que se noue une majeure partie de son travail. 
Selon ses propres mots à propos d’une série intitulée Humeurs d’une ville réalisée en 2011, « c’est l’état d’esprit d’un ensemble d’individus habitant Montreuil que je photographie ». Léa Fraisse (in

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