On Friday January 29th Basement6Collective houses an exhibition by
Paris born artist, Gabriel Gauffre
featuring unintentionally scorched film stock.
The result is a series called ‘Brulures',
which questions our idea of perfection
and control over the mediums artists work in.
No manipulation whatsoever was applied to the photographs,digital or other wise, as the burns shot through the middle of the film strip.From the photographer to the film manufacturer, all the way down to thetechnician in the lab, no one knows how this occurred. Some say it’s atemperature issue, while others say it was a drying problem. After trying againand again to replicate it, fruitlessly investigating the possible reasons, itwas realized that one cannot replicate the organic.
It is as if the medium revolted against itself, maimingsubjects, destroying landscapes, muting people, burning through one of the manymeans we have to replicate reality. This entity decided, in the space of asingle roll of film, to manifest itself. Through the blackness created by theseanomalies it looks at us straight in the eye: “Do you believe your reality isthe only one?”, it seems to ask. The pointlessness of our existence shines backat through the darkness.
Photography in the 21st century is crafted with minutiae, every single shot perfectly framed, planned, each pixel thought through, every mistake corrected. With time mankind has become more and more obsessed with control, worsening with the advent of the digital age. We are constantly anxious, worried about things we have no control over while Forgetting the realities we can alter.
This body of work is also an answer to this obsession withperfection, domination, regulating our actions and the way we perceiveourselves.
ABOUT THE ARTIST//
Gabriel was born in Paris in 1987. After spending 25 years in the French capital, getting kicked out of a few high school and diving into a Bachelor’s in Sociology, he headed to London to get some fresh, humid air. There, he earned a Master’s Degree in Photojournalism and Documentary photography and proceeded to head to China because for some reason, it felt like the right thing to do. After more than a year Hangzhou, he moved to Shanghai where he could finally express himself, print, shoot, and test many aspects of his photographic practice.