Olivier Valsecchi

Olivier Valsecchi was born in Paris in 1979.


KLECKSOGRAPHY
Revealed to the public eye in 2010 by  DUST,  this series earned him the prestigious Hasselblad Masters Award two years later. He was then asked to conceive a new series on the theme : "Evoke". Hence the birth of Klecksography, organic sculptures created by symmetrically articulated bodies. Valsecchi's inspiration for this series is drawn from the works of Swiss Psychiatrist Rorschach, whose method implied using imagery created by inkstains on a piece of paper then folded into two. Where the latter used their interpretation by patients to diagnose schizophrenia or dementia, Valsecchi 's approach is the opposite.


The one he calls his interior foe -  this dark side in each one of us which we try to constantly restrain - is given full freedom of expression, and the ability to overcome bodily constraints. During two months, in a derelict hangar beating to the tribal rhythms of Kate Bush'es album "the Dreaming", he  pushes himself and his models over the brink of exhaustion, reaching out for total burnout. At that climactic point, the mind disincarnates itself from the body, leaving behind a mechanical flesh and bone entity,  bereaved of any willpower:  except that of the photographer's dictates, or , rather, those of his subconsciousness.


TIME OF WAR
Incarnation remains the main theme in Valsecchi's oeuvre. Thus he decided to dive into his DUST series once again, whilst adding a parameter to it:  a soul of their own. Deliberately choosing to set the second part of his "I AM DUST" saga in a former arms factory, this autobiographic project is on the theme of incarnation and Samsara. Whereas the first part illustrated the photographer's cosmology, TIME OF WAR liberates those chaos-spawned creatures. The title, inspired by the Prado Museum's 2008 Exhibition : GOYA in Times of War, which commemorated the War of Independance, equally portrays this crying-out for emancipation. From then on, Characters have a history, and are out to conquer. Their bodies tense, each mote of muscle tissue contracts itself, shoulders heave. The primeaval ash, this very element which has transiently crossed through the cycles of life and death, seems to burst out in an explosion of effort, unless this be the final agonizing breath of these Ovidian heroes. This is about survival.

 

DRIFTING
Olivier Valsecchi’s new Drifting series is a journey through art history where each picture merges the tradition of the reclining nude with the still life painting genre from Flanders. Faithfully devoted to his chiaroscuro approach of light, straightforward sense of composition and muted colour schemes, Valsecchi replaces baroque floral arrangements and the overlapping motif of Memento Mori by pale bodies, in order to create what he calls a Flesh Vanitas. His taste for eerie atmospheres draws the viewer into paradoxical tableaux where flowing movement and dumb stillness mysteriously interact.


From Korea to New York, his work never ceases to arouse  the interest of the international press  (Réponses Photo, FR; Le Figaro Beaux-Arts, FR; Le Monde, FR; Orlando Weekly, US; Santa Fe Art Magazine, BR; Eyemazing, ND; Zoom, IT; Rooms, UK; Blink, KR; Arte Fotografico, ES; Image in Progress, IT; Profifoto, DE; etc.) as much as that of curators   (Promenades Photographiques de Vendôme, Festival Européen de la Photographie de Nu en Arles, Fotofever Paris and Brussels, Centre Atlantique de la Photographie in Brest).



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Olivier Valsecchi Né / Born: Paris, France,1979
Vit et travaille / Live and works: Toulouse, France


PRINCIPALES EXPOSITIONS  / SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

 

2017

Oleg Dou & Olivier Valsecchi, Art22 Gallery (Luxembourg)

Art Market Budapest, Opiom Gallery, Budapest (Hungary)

"Visions de corps", exhibition with Gabriele Viertel, Centre Charles Peguy, Orléans (France)

MIA Art Fair, Opiom Gallery, Milan (Italy)

ART UP!, Lille Grand Palais, Art22 Galler, Paris (France)

AAF BRUSSELS TOUR & TAXIS, Art22 Gallery, Brussels (Belgium)

 

2016

L'Homme Nu, group show curated by Normal magazine, Galerie Pierre-Alain Challier, Paris (France)

"Walk the line", group show, Opiom Gallery (France)

L'Art du Nu, group show curated by Normal Magazine, Le Ballon Rouge, Paris (France)

"Drifting", solo show, Opio (France)

 

2015

Art Wynwood, with Opiom Gallery, Miami (US)

2014
Context-Art Miami, with Opiom Gallery, Florida (US)
Squarte au Carré, galerie Le Carré d’Art curated by Square Magazine, Rennes (France)
AAF Hong Kong, with Opiom Gallery (Hong Kong)
OFF Bruxelles, with Galerie Cédric Bacqueville (Belgium)

2013
Fotofever Brussel, solo show with Galerie Céline Moine (Belgium)
Opiom Gallery, group show opening, Cannes (France)
Le Château d Eau, Mois de l image, Toulouse (France)
Ulsan International Photography Festival, Stillness in movement (Korea)
Cutlog New-York with Galerie Céline Moine, New York (US)
SNAP! Orlando, Motion to Light, Florida (US)
Kyotographie, with Hasselblad Masters (Japan)
Lille Art Fair, group exhibition with Galerie Cédric Bacqueville (France)

2013

Fotofever Brussel, solo show with Galerie Céline Moine (Belgium)
Opiom Gallery, group show opening, Cannes (France)
Le Château d Eau, Mois de l image, Toulouse (France)
Ulsan International Photography Festival, Stillness in movement (Korea)
Cutlog New-York with Galerie Céline Moine, New York (US)
SNAP! Orlando, Motion to Light, Florida (US)
Kyotographie, with Hasselblad Masters (Japan)
Lille Art Fair, group exhibition with Galerie Cédric Bacqueville (France)


2012

Hasselblad Masters Tour group exhibition (London, Los Angeles, New York City, Berlin, Seoul)
Fotofever Brussel, group exhibition with Galerie Céline Moine (Belgium)
Photokina, Hasselblad Masters Book exhibition, Cologne (Germany)
Le sacre du printemps, group exhibition, Galerie Maubert, Paris (France)
Centre Atlantique de la Photographie, Galerie du Quartz, solo exhibition, Brest (France)
Lille Art Fair, with Rize Art Gallery, Lille (France)
Raw Art Fair, with Rize Art Gallery, Rotterdam (The Netherlands)


2011

Fotofever Paris, group exhibition with Galerie Céline Moine, Paris (France)
Affordable Art Fair, with Doinel Gallery, North London (England)
Lineart, with Doinel Gallery, Flanders (Belgium)
Resonance, Biennale de Lyon, Espace Ricard, Photographie Onirique, with Céline Moine (France)
Photography and sculpture, Art Gallery 826, with Doinel Gallery, Knokke (Belgium)
Festival Regard Photographie, Villeneuve de la Rivière (France)
Fotofestival Naarden, Festival Off, with Rize Art Gallery (The Netherlands)
Le Voyage Initiatique, Fotografia Europea Festival, Offset Revolt, Officina delle Arti, curated by Alice Mazzini, Reggio Emilia (Italy)
Festival Européen de la Photographie de Nu, Chapelle Sainte-Anne, Arles, with Galerie Céline Moine (France)


2010

solo exhibition, Galerie Fokus, Graz (Austria)
Festival Manifesto, Galerie Photon & Port Viguerie, Toulouse (France)
Promenades Photographiques de Vendôme - Parc du Château, Vendôme (France)

 


BOURSES ET DISTINCTIONS / GRANTS AND AWARDS

AWARDS

2013 Grand Jury Member, Hasselblad Masters 2014
2012 Winner of Hasselblad Masters Awards (Fine Art category)
2011 Finaliste des Hasselblad Masters Awards (Fine Art)
2009 Grand Prix de ETPA

 

PRESSE / PRESS
PUBLICATIONS (Print)

 

2017

THE OPERA #8 (Germany)

ART OF PHOTOGRAPHIE #2 (France)

IMAGE IN PROGRESS #7 (Italy)
DIGITALIS FOTO MAGAZIN (Hungary) 

 

2016

NORMAL MAGAZINE #7 (France) 
PHOTO #524 (France) 
ELLE DECO (UK) 
REPONSES PHOTO #288 (France)


2015
BEAUTIFUL BIZARRE #9 (Australia)
PSIKEART Mercy issue (Turkey)
FOTOGRAFE MELHOR #222 (Brazil)

2014
ARTE FOTOGRAFICO #638 (Spain)
NORMAL MAGAZINE (France)
YACONIC #10 (Mexico)
EXIT #53 (Spain)
VISUAL ARCHIVE #2 (US)
QUO #224 (Spain)
CLUTCHMAG #16 (France)

2013
GENTE DI FOTOGRAFIA #57(Italy)
FOTOGRAFE MELHOR #207(Brazil)
ELLE DECORATION #223 (France)
PHILOSOPHIE MAGAZINE #74 (France)
ARTE FOTOGRAFICO #634 (Spain)
PARCOURS DES ARTS #36 (France)
LE BRASIER DES SOUVENIRS Carina Rozenfeld, Robert Laffont coll. R
MUSEE MAGAZINE #6
DIGITAL SLR PHOTOGRAPHY august issue (UK)
CATALOGUE UIPF (Korea)
ORLANDO WEEKLY (US)
SANTA ART MAGAZINE #10 (Brazil)
PROFIFOTO 03/13 (Germany)

2012
PHOTO+ #32 (Korea)
AZART #59 interview by Sophie Gamand (France)
HASSELBLAD MASTERS BOOK #3 published by teNeues (Germany)
LES CENDRES DE L'OUBLI Carina Rozenfeld, Robert Laffont coll. R
THE OPERA #1 published by Kerber (Germany)
L'OFFICIEL DE LA MODE #967 (France)
ARTE FOTOGRAFICO #631 (Spain)
IMAGE IN PROGRESS #3 (Italy)
PHOTOGRAPHIE #3 (Germany)

2011
PHOTOGRAPHE #1 interview by Laëtitia Guillemin (France)
ZOOM #103 text by Elisabetta Piatti (Italy)
CATALOGUE ANGERS NANTES OPERA saison 2011-2012 (France)
ROOMS #5 (UK)
PHOTO #484 (France)
CATALOGUE FEPN (France)
BLINK #3 interview by Kim Aram (Korea)
EMPTY #20 (Australia)
LE FIGARO BEAUX-ARTS hors-série guide du marché de l'art 2011 (France)
REPONSES PHOTO #230 (France)
PHILOSOPHIE MAGAZINE #48 (France)

2010
AZARTPHOTO #8 (France)
LE MONDE 22/10/2010 supplément Le Monde des Livres (France)
KULT MAG (Italy)
EYEMAZING SPRING ISSUE text by Sarah Baxter (The Netherlands)
PHOTO #470 (France)
LE MONDE 26/02/2010 supplément Le Monde des Livres (France)
LADOS #14 interview (Spain)
CATALOGUE MANIFESTO (France)
AZARTPHOTO #7 text by Sophie Gamand (France)
PREF #35 (France)


PUBLICATIONS (WEB)

2015
STERN.DE (Germany)
THE PHOTOBLOGRAPHER interview
STITCH interview (Belgium)
PHOTOGRVPHY.COM interview
THE CULTURE TRIP
APAR.TV
GRAINE DE PHOTOGRAPHE interview (France)
PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHERS MAGAZINE
DODHO (Spain)
ART SHEEP
CULTURA COLECTIVA (Mexico)
PIXFAN (France)
WUKALI (France)
BEAUTIFUL DECAY
VANGARDIST

2014
GRAINE DE PHOTOGRAPHE (France)
ARTWORT interview
SILVERSHOTZ (Australia)
DIY PHOTOGRAPHY
GRAINE DE PHOTOGRAPHE (France)

2013
LA REPUBBLICA.IT (Italy)
THE DAILY MAIL (UK)
KONBINI (France)
SLATE (France)
FUBIZ (France)
JUXTAPOZ
THE VERGE
IGNANT (Germany)
JOURNAL DU DESIGN (France)
MUSEE MAGAZINE interview (US)
RESOURCE MAG (US)
AS DE PIXEL (France)
LA DEPECHE.FR (France)
ART TRIBUNE (Italy)
PARIS ART (France)
EMPTY KINGDOM

2012
GUSMEN
FRANCE GAZETTE

2011
FNAC.COM (France)
PIXFAN (France)
ARTBOOKGUY interview (US)

2010
MY MODERN MET (US)
LOST AT E MINOR (US)
ART MAGAZIN interview (Germany)
IDEAFIXA #17 (Brazil)
SQUARE MAGAZINE #1.4 (France)
500 PHOTOGRAPHERS Photographer #033
DOZE issue #2 (Spain)
PDN Photo of the day (US)
ART NOUVEAU artist of the week (US)

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