Photojournalism, centered squarely around events, generally presents itself as the single relevant and legitimate commentary on observed fact. Yet an isolated fact does not speak for itself, it’s a sequence of mute appearances. The speed of events, the surprise effect, seems to correspond naturally with the camera’s supposedly neutral character. In no small accomplishment, Emeric Lhuisset manages to break this taboo, delaying urgency and instantaneousness in the interest of knowledge gained through commitment and enquiry. When the Clouds will Speak takes place in a disrupted space and time. This exhibition in Arles, within the framework of a century-old conflict, does not seek to give the event any revelatory function, it aims to start a dialogue with the viewer, to jointly write the report. The purposefully minimalist exhibition must be approached by disavowing immediate news. Time must be taken. We must go in search of the hidden. It’s the time of stretched film, of a simple pamphlet, with an image in rebellion against immediate gratification.
Exhibition curator: François Cheval.
Exhibition produced by BMW Art et Culture, with support from GOBELINS, School of Visual Arts.
Publication: Quand les nuages parleront, co-publication BMW Art et Culture/éditions Trocadéro, 2019.