Past show

SUR LE FIL

Bobby Becker, Laurence Bonnel, JeeYoung Lee, June Kim & Michelle Cho, Noell Oszvald, Dara Scully, Kyle Thompson, Olivier Valsecchi, Ben Zank

September 28th, 2016 — December 30th, 2016
Opiom Gallery

About the exhibition

"Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you."
C.G. Jung

From September 29th to December 31st, 2016, OPIOM Gallery is proud to present Walk The Line, featuring a selection of artworks by nine young photographers using photography as the backbone to their creations, and who, for the vast majority, are being exhibited for the first time in France. This premiere group show explores the projection of the Id as a defence mechanism in the conceptual self-portrait.


The representation of the artist facing himself has become a classical subject in the history of western art. Dating from 1839, Robert Cornelius? self-portrait is one of the oldest known to this day. Slowly cutting loose from its classical constraints during the 20th century, it became a full-fledged genre in the 1960s. Francesca Woodman, Alix Cléo Roubaud, Nan Goldin, Cindy Sherman, Mickael Ackerman, along with many other photographers laid its foundations by making use of a variety of tools inherent to this medium (spatial construction, framing, staging, post-production), hence opening up a path to a whole new generation of artists. ?Walk The Line? provides a contemporary reinterpretation of psychological stakes related to this theme.

Whether the artist stages himself or uses a clonable alter-ego, the question of his identity is still prevalent. Can we differentiate between the artist as a person and the artist as a character? Is there a significant hierarchy between the artist and his environment or, conversely, are they both of equal importance? Whether it be anchored in a Present progressive, childhood memories, or in a fictitious space and time, the image created is a projection of the photographer?s subconscious traumas. The creation process becomes a catharsis where he/she releases his inner antagonisms, while trying to constrain it within the limits of the camera frame. Walk The Line focuses on this quest for mental balance, as well as its role- as both a motor of creation and an outlet for these XXIst century artists.

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