Edition 2013

Jean-Michel Fauquet


Renaissance scholars, improving on the method recommended by St. Thomas Aquinas to readers so that they may enhance their ability to remember, suggested the mental construction of architectural models, palaces, theatres, etc. to house the things people wish to remember. They recommended that these things of the mind should be treated affec- tionately and that they should be transformed into ‘unusual similarities’, which would make them easy to visualise and remember. This work gathers together the elements of a ‘photobiographical’ memory. It is concerned with developing these famous ‘unusual similarities’ punctuating the evolution of a memory going back to the dawn of time, by proceeding through successive stages using extremely precarious materials. The manner in which these figures—kinds of memory decoys—are constructed provokes a tale in the mind of the person looking at them, and helps to fix the memory of founding events in a feeling of déjà vu. Le Grand Séparateur indicates the distance that it is necessary to establish with the subject for it to appear to us in its most profound exactness, by opening the free range of our own memory. Consisting of three elements placed at the centre of this memorial topography, it creates the link between these different tales and sets up a system of zones of affection and tension, depending on the spectator’s point of view, by subjecting the latter to the test of a question. Halted in its pendular movement, it very precisely fixes, at the place of its verticality, the intersection point between the time of horizontal memory and vertical time, and thus determines the photographic instant.

Jean-Michel Fauquet

Suggested by Line Lavesque.
Prints by the artist.
Framing by Abacca, Circad and Eugénie Seigneur, Paris.
Exhibition venue: Atelier de la Chaudronnerie, Parc des Ateliers.

  • Institutional partners

    • République Française
    • Région Provence Alpes Côté d'Azur
    • Département des Bouches du Rhône
    • Arles
    • Le Centre des monuments nationaux est heureux de soutenir les Rencontres de la Photographie d’Arles en accueillant des expositions dans l’abbaye de Montmajour
  • Main partners

    • Fondation LUMA
    • BMW
    • SNCF
    • Kering
  • Media partners

    • Arte
    • Lci
    • Konbini
    • Le Point
    • Madame Figaro
    • France Culture