Initiated as part of the inaugural Immersion: A French American Photography Commission, a program launched by the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès in alliance with Aperture Foundation, Eden is the first iteration of artist Sylvain Couzinet-Jacques’s eponymous long-term project.

As part of the commission, Couzinet-Jacques purchased a small, historical building in Eden, North Carolina, as a site for an immersive exploration of the ideas of property, community, and image-making. The resultant output is eclectic, incorporating Polaroids, video, traditional photographic film, found objects, historical documents, and sculptural elements—the better to articulate and grapple with the often contradictory themes of utopia and home, the inevitable gaps between representation and reality, and the work of art as a means of re-enchantment. In addition to his own visual investigations, Couzinet-Jacques invited a group of sculptors, writers, videographers, and other artists to visit Eden over the course of the year and to create work inspired by the Little Red Schoolhouse. Selections of the resulting work, including pieces from each of the participants and elements from the house itself, are interwoven as part of this ambitious building and greenhouse installation, designed in collaboration with architects Jérémie Dalin and Sylvia Bourgoin and with environmental guidance by NY Sun Works, an urban sustainability non-profit organization.

The exhibition includes additional work by Fred Cave, Thomas Hauser, Jesse Hoyle, Amelia Rina, Pat McCarthy, and Ugo Schiavi.


About Sylvain Couzinet-Jacques

In his work, Sylvain Couzinet-Jacques questions a stereotypical iconography linked to territories and people living in them. From United States to looters or Spanish real estate crisis, he remixes or re-enchants the image perception threshold. With a documentary commitment, Sylvain Couzinet-Jacques' style reveals alternative aesthetic codes.

Graduated from the Ecole Supérieure des Beaux Arts de Marseille then from Ecole Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie d'Arles, his work has been exhibited internationally, in 2013 at LE BAL in Paris, Noorderlicht Photo Festival in Groningen, Paris Photo, at the Galerie du jour agnès b., Salon de Montrouge, Kyotographie in Kyoto and at the Rencontres d'Arles in 2012.

His photographs have been noticed at the Leica Oskar Barnack Award & the Sciences Po for Contemporay Art Award in 2014.
In 2015, he is the first Prize-Winner of the Hermès-Aperture Award.


LOCATION: Aperture Gallery
DATES: November 17, 2016 - January 19, 2017
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Aperture Gallery 547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor New York, N.Y. 10001

Sylvain Couzinet-Jacques presents Eden at Aperture

When
Nov 17, 2016 - Jan 19, 2017
Where
Aperture Gallery
547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor
New York, N.Y. 10001
The Little Red Schoolhouse, Eden, 2016, from Eden (Aperture/Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, 2016) © Sylvain Couzinet-Jacques

Initiated as part of the inaugural Immersion: A French American Photography Commission, a program launched by the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès in alliance with Aperture Foundation, Eden is the first iteration of artist Sylvain Couzinet-Jacques’s eponymous long-term project.

As part of the commission, Couzinet-Jacques purchased a small, historical building in Eden, North Carolina, as a site for an immersive exploration of the ideas of property, community, and image-making. The resultant output is eclectic, incorporating Polaroids, video, traditional photographic film, found objects, historical documents, and sculptural elements—the better to articulate and grapple with the often contradictory themes of utopia and home, the inevitable gaps between representation and reality, and the work of art as a means of re-enchantment. In addition to his own visual investigations, Couzinet-Jacques invited a group of sculptors, writers, videographers, and other artists to visit Eden over the course of the year and to create work inspired by the Little Red Schoolhouse. Selections of the resulting work, including pieces from each of the participants and elements from the house itself, are interwoven as part of this ambitious building and greenhouse installation, designed in collaboration with architects Jérémie Dalin and Sylvia Bourgoin and with environmental guidance by NY Sun Works, an urban sustainability non-profit organization.

The exhibition includes additional work by Fred Cave, Thomas Hauser, Jesse Hoyle, Amelia Rina, Pat McCarthy, and Ugo Schiavi.


About Sylvain Couzinet-Jacques

In his work, Sylvain Couzinet-Jacques questions a stereotypical iconography linked to territories and people living in them. From United States to looters or Spanish real estate crisis, he remixes or re-enchants the image perception threshold. With a documentary commitment, Sylvain Couzinet-Jacques' style reveals alternative aesthetic codes.

Graduated from the Ecole Supérieure des Beaux Arts de Marseille then from Ecole Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie d'Arles, his work has been exhibited internationally, in 2013 at LE BAL in Paris, Noorderlicht Photo Festival in Groningen, Paris Photo, at the Galerie du jour agnès b., Salon de Montrouge, Kyotographie in Kyoto and at the Rencontres d'Arles in 2012.

His photographs have been noticed at the Leica Oskar Barnack Award & the Sciences Po for Contemporay Art Award in 2014.
In 2015, he is the first Prize-Winner of the Hermès-Aperture Award.


LOCATION: Aperture Gallery
DATES: November 17, 2016 - January 19, 2017
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