Hanako Murakami has had a long-standing interest in the material and history of photography, from its scientific conception to the prospective and intellectual dimension that gave rise to the concept during the first experiments. Through her research, the artist discovered the source of Niépce and Daguerre’s writings and materials. However, this exhibition is not meant to be a body of accumulated knowledge. Hanako Murakami brings a tangible dimension to Niépce’s experiments and Daguerre’s results. By studying the materiality of daguerreotype plates and through a systematic presentation of the nomenclature of all the potential names representing what was not yet called “photography”, this exhibition unsettles the viewer by making him feel part of a time when the idea of photography was being invented.
Exhibition curator: Pascal Beausse.