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Europe – Plan B (series started in 2008), by Anne Favret and Patrick Manez

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 …

Since the beginning of our collaboration, we have sought to reconcile in our projects an approach inspired by conceptual artists that is based on a poor image, “without quality”, and a photographic tradition that claims the aesthetic contributions of this medium through the practice of large format. It is the relationship to the subject and to reality that, in our work, nourishes our reflection and defines the form of the artwork. We do not have a naïve relationship with the veracity of photography, photographs are constructs and digital transformation has further facilitated and accentuated the possibilities of intervention on the image. But it is the space that separates photography from its subject, the tearing from reality to the principle of reality that interests us. Despite the proliferation of images, we still believe in the possibility of witnessing through photography a relationship to the world without going through a constant rereading of images produced by others. Photography is hybrid, impure and nomadic. It never ceases to reinvent itself on the margins of art history, beyond notions of modernism and postmodernism and to confront the complexity of history.

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 …; a reference to the 2005 vote on the European Constitutional Treaty, but also a constraint on Perec which, thanks to its arbitrary dimension, leads us to explore less agreed agglomerations and to see how the development of the European area fits in a specific way into the body of each of its cities. A connection between the local and the global, local because each place is approached in its topographical, historical and cultural specificity, global because we seek in the landscape the visible signs of general questions – memory, mix, industrial conversion … ). Panaches, assembled end to end, the edgy of images of these different places end up forming a mosaic profile of the contemporary European city.

Pigment prints on rag paper, framed. Various formats.

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Favret and Manez, "Les arpenteurs" (The Surveyors) -Calern_06

Favret & Manez

The photographic art of Favret & Manez is a script.  The language they use is being structured by what can be qualified as moments. Of

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Other series of works by Favret and Manez

Hyperboréal - Anne Favret and Patrick Manez

Hyperboréal – Anne Favret and Patrick Manez

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.

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Arpenteurs - by Anne Favret and Patrick Manez

Arpenteurs – by Anne Favret and Patrick Manez

“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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Recently documented on our website, Favret and Manez works

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