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PHOTOGRAPHY: Artistics Art Gallery at Fotofever Paris 2018
Paris, October 10th 2018
Artistics at Fotofever Paris: between light and shade
For its fourth participation in Fotofever Paris, the
international art fair dedicated to contemporary
photography, Artistics presents a duo show with
photographers Christian Houge (1972, Norway)
and Xavier Dumoulin (1974, France), engaged in
a dialogue between shade and light.
On the light side, Xavier Dumoulin’s series Incandescences: Xavier Dumoulin traveled from the Normandy
coast to the Nice inland region during full moon nights to take high-angle shots of remote towns or villages.
Transfigured by artificial lighting, the urban environments evoke molten lava flows. According to the
photographer, “light which is supposed to comfort us has become an increasingly close-knit fence
preventing us from seeing what is essential and maintaining us in a state of illusion”. These fascinating
images explore the consequences of our desire to make day light last longer artificially: light pollution has
become so ordinary that it removes from our eyes or even from our memories the sight of a starry night.
Fault, by Xavier Dumoulin. Incandescences series
On the shade side, Christian Houge’s series Okurimono: in this series Houge has, through five trips to
Japan (Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto), explored Japans otherworldly subculture and its ritualistic perfection. In
this personal art documentary he has ventured into delicate themes such as personal identity, sexuality,
longing and gender dysphoria. In this particular series, he uses staging as a method to create a story within
a story. The viewers associations are important in meeting this work and ambiguity plays an important role.
This series, shown in France for the first time, is part of the JAPONOGRAPHIE program that Fotofever has
organized to celebrate the 160th anniversary of the France Japan diplomatic relations.
Paris, October 10th 2018
Tanoshimi/Idami, by Christian Houge. Okurimono series.
ABOUT XAVIER DUMOULIN
In his photographic work Xavier Dumoulin focuses on present environmental problems and reveals in a very poetic way
the growing dichotomy between human beings and their environment. Light pollution, climate change… His
photographs testify that human presence has become a burden or even a parasite for nature which has undoubtedly
been transformed. Xavier Dumoulin, born in 1974, lives and works in Pau, France. His work is regularly exhibited in
galleries in Paris and he was awarded several prizes: short-listed for the Bourse du Talent award in 2016 for his series
“Limits”, Hillbrand Photography jury award (China) in 2013, Fubiz prize, laureate of the Photocollection exhibition (Paris)
For further information (detailed biography, video, portfolio): https://www.artistics.com/en/xavier.dumoulin
ABOUT CHRISTIAN HOUGE
For more than 20 years, photographer and videographer Christian Houge (1972, Norway) has been exploring the
relationship between nature and culture in each of his project works, more precisely the limits between the artificial
order created by human beings and their metaphorical as well as physical relationships to their environment. His works
are part of many public (in Norway, the United States, China) and private collections. His series Barentsburg and
Shadow Within were both nominated for the Pictet prize, the first photography prize dedicated to sustainable
development. In 2015, his exhibition “Paradise Lost” was shown in three Chinese cities including Beijing, in the Three
Shadows Photography Art Centre. Christian Houge was born in 1972, he lives and works in Norway.
For further information (detailed biography, video, portfolio): https://www.artistics.com/en/christian.houge
À PROPOS DE LA GALERIE EN LIGNE ARTISTICS
Artistics is an online gallery of contemporary art based in Paris (France). From its very beginning in 2013, Artistics has
endeavored to reduce the gap between artists and art lovers through video interviews, articles, detailed descriptions of
the works. Thanks to the resulting intimacy between an artist and his/her work, everyone has the opportunity to discover
their personal taste and what they are sensitive to. The objective of the online gallery is to make visitors discover the
works of art they might like to live with. Indeed Artistics is meant for those who think living among works of art makes
their daily life better and more valuable. We try our best to make this dream come true for all and not only for privileged
specialists. The quality of the services we offer has made us reach the first place in the buying guide for art on the
Internet according to the website achetezdelart.com which ranks online art selling platforms based on customers
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