The series Purple America stems from a visual journey to the heart of America. Imagined as an anti-road trip across the United States, exclusively on Interstate routes, the artist uses a polymorphous approach where the aesthetics of documentary, conceptual photography and the lighting of avant-garde cinema are at once beckoned and held back — as if a common system of references specific to American imagery lingered on the surface as a reminder from the artist for us to move beyond it. With a gesture owing its originality to the whole of the undertaking—a year of preparation via literary, musical, cinematic, sociological, and philosophical sources followed by a three-month journey — Purple America strikes a balance between a demanding performative relationship with the land and an almost psychoanalytical sounding of beings and the places they inhabit.
Exhibition curator : Stéphane Ibars.
Accessible upon presentation of the Rencontres d’Arles 2021 pass.