Coming from the Baux-de-Provence, a road takes us through a plain, from the Alpilles range to the sea. From the top of the hills we can see it disappear far away.
To show a landscape is to open a window to another place, in this case Provence and the Arles county: a reality made of History, tradition and art.
Nothing to be added to this light drenched landscape. Yet, one needs to think: about painting and colors, about Van Gogh in Provence, Braque in the Estaque, or even further, about Matisse in Collioure. Then, one needs to ponder the letters and the sounds: Mistral of course, but most of all Pagnol imaging the Soubeyrand’s great orchard, on the Solitaire table mountain: “It would be as beautiful as a church and no farmer would dare enter it without making the sign of the Cross”.
Born in 1990, Barnabé Moinard lives and works in Paris.
Following Master in art history from La Sorbonne, he entered the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie in Arles in 2013, from which he graduated in June 2016. He then went to the Université du Québec in Montréal (UQAM) for post-diploma studies from September 2016 to February 2017. He has just completed an artist residence in the Maison d’Art Bernard Anthonioz in Nogent-sur-Marne.
His work consists of combinations of printing, shooting or presentation techniques. It does not come as distinct series but rather as heterogeneous and diverse genres. His strategy consists in taking ownership of what is immediately available and in doing plastic art manipulations and actions. The idea is to reactivate archives, to exploit the potential of an image: to show differently, to think about other ways to show, to toy with codes. All this fits within art history and questions the culture of images.