Claire Soubrier, Demi Tour de France, Marc Adi, Sebastian Rojo Fernández, Nicolas Gavino, Mikael Vojinovic, Joan Coldefy.
Dangerous silence, funeral ceremony, ambrotype, memory track, capture of the disappearance, white lady, gonzo paranormal, cryptomancy, it is the belief in the image, its cult and its deficiencies or at least the reasonable doubt, that we are approaching during this first photographic exhibition at 5UN7 …
As part of a very recent folkloric temporality in France that is the Halloween party, we offer a curatoring made using a Ouija board and candles scented with virgin blood arranged in a pentagram. The deviation of this pagan worship corresponds in no way to a factual criticism, it is a question of melting into it subjectively by means of photographic representation. It is an obvious appeal to the invocation of a contemporary worship sublimated by the capture of a reality as frighteningly contemporary. The moribund body as a value of terror.
Our adaptation of the folklore with its gregarious affirmation hysterically wanders between the works of the invoked artists idolizing with joy “El Señor del Mictlán” (the god of the dead among the Aztecs). This appearance of the world from below in a mirror effect imposes itself on us as a strange sensation, resulting in an atavistic reaction that bristles the hair and freezes the blood, which titillates our reptilian brain.
How can art appropriate contemporary mythologies? What more or less passive relationship can art maintain with the occult?
FOTOM is the first “eso-photographic” date of 5UN7, it opens a door to a not so distant past where women were burned for witchcraft (last time in Spain in 1870) with some form of naive and brutal enjoyment.
FOTOM makes sense in strange modern times when everything seems to be so Cartesian, so orthonormal at first, while pagan cults and other religious excesses still make the discrete masses of a primary will of liberation by violence. The confrontation of what is obvious and macabre seems to prevent the possibility of looking away, the profane eye is fascinated by the vision it consults. Then begins a journey in the strata of our minds that resist by the will of fear.
To a certain extent the strange upsets the body, the myths disturb the perception of the contemporary, resulting in a secret and shameful adhesion, a neo-paganist aspiration, a dark evening of Halloween.
“A little wandering and cuddly soul, host and companion of my body, you will go to places that are pale, severe, naked and you will not meet any more jokes, as you are used to.” The memories of Hadrian.
Joan Coldefy et Marc-Henri Garcia
Exceptionally, the space will be open every day.