“With their photographies, we are going about what defines as a protean and elastic concept: landscape. Favret & Manez they create landscape within the landscape. Urban landscape is vast and sprawling. It comprises the peripheries, the outskirts and the industrial areas. The no man’s lands, the waste lands, the immediate areas, everything that would take into account the in-between: roads, neighborhoods, crossroads, roundabouts, bypass areas, commercial centers, plants, water points, beltways, fractioned distances half-run or half-reasoned” – Sophie Braganti
The series is a work of photography and literature, the result of the collaboration of the couple of photographers Favret & Manez with Sophie Braganti.
“Côte d’usure” is a set of vertical dyptics each composed of a black and white photographic print and a graphite powder drawing.
The gradual dilution of geographical identities and cultural peculiarities is the backbone of our long-term work “Europe – Plan B”, which we carry out on European cities whose name begins with the letter B: Berlin, Brussels, Boulogne-sur-Mer, Bologna, Birmingham …
The Hyperboréal photo series was created by Anne Favret and Patrick Manez during a residency in Iceland in 2015. They found the opportunity to continue their meticulous and documented research on the contemporary landscape, which is based on a study of the topographical but also historical, economic or social characteristics of the place.
“Is there a world where your past reappears as if it were reality? This world is known to fans of fantasy literature and moviegoers, including admirers of Andrei Tarkovsky or Steven Soderbergh. (…) Anne Favret and Patrick Manez are a bit like the hero of Solaris. They took a closer look at a strange city, the Calern Plateau astrometric observatory located between earth and sky, not so different from a space station.” Michel Poivert
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