Guillaume Amat

Making-Off Open Fields /#2 Le Calvaire des Dunes.


Guillaume Amat is a French photographer who is based in Paris. In 2005, he graduated from Art School, with top honors. In 2007 he joined Millennium Images Ltd., Signatures-photographies agency in 2008 and participate in collective project on the French Landscapes called ‘France(s) Territoire Liquide.’ 

Guillaume Amat is dedicated to long-term projects which produce photographic narratives. His field of action is not limited to a single area, never ceasing to question photographic representation and the way to transfigure reality. Aiming to adapt the camera to the subject and the way in which to narrate a story by using different types of cameras, formats and sensible surfaces. With his images he build stories which navigate between documentary and poetry.

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About ‘Open Fields’:

For the ‘Open Fields’ project I wanted to work on the concept of territory as a space and the photographic act itself. Performed with a 4x5inch camera and 6×7 medium format the Open Fields series questioning the landscape representation and the notion of his capture with a mirror measuring 80x120cm (31,5×47,2 inches) and placed in situ. The mirror comes reconstruct the landscape with the outframe in front of it, creating a double interpretation.
Used in painting the mirror here is a way to explore the limits of the photographic frame by the recursive image and multiple compositions lead by the mirror.

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A word by Paul Wombell

The story is told that the gods allowed Orpheus to enter the underworld and return with his dead wife Eurydice to the world of the living. However there was one condition; that she should follow behind Orpheus and he should not turn around to look at Eurydice until she left the underworld and was in the light. Reaching the entrance Orpheus could not resist looking back at Eurydice, she was drawn back into the underworld and vanished before his eyes. The moral of this myth is never look back to the past, but always look forward to the future. The story also articulates the limitations of the human body, with one pair of eyes you can only look in one direction at the same time. However technology has changed this. With the aid of the camera you can look in many different directions at once, and with the photographic image you look back into the past. With the use of the camera and a mirror Guillaume Amat has made photographic images that simultaneously look forward and backwoods. They create a strange dream like landscape where buildings and figures float in the center of the picture and suggest that he has two sets of eyes, both at the front and back of his head. Orpheus would have been impressed.

Paul Wombell
curator and artistic director of France(s) Territoire Liquide exhibition

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12 April 2016
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