Solo Show – Joséphine Michel
Curated by Jorge Villacorta
Opening: May 21th until: June 14th, 2014.
In Halfway to White, Joséphine Michel explores the multitude of whites founded in immediate surroundings. White is an overwhelmingly enigmatic subject: the same way it contains all colours, it can carry all significations and meanings. It is precisely through this complexity that this project hopes to touch upon the ambivalence, the thickness and the spectrality that white can embody or convey, more specifically through interferences, micro-textures, and loss of coordinates.
These photographs, taken with a digital camcorder, weave variations around overexposure, deliberate whitening of the image. This process derives from an interest in white noise, copresence of all the sonic frequencies. It is steeped in the correspondences between photographs and sounds–vibrations, textures, interferences and tonalities.
The informations that these photographs contain are reduced to reveal a multiplicity of spatial and formal ambiguities, where the distinction between near and far becomes imperceptible. She is currently working with the Finn musician Mika Vainio in a Book / CD for Halfway to White that will be published next September.
About the artist:
Joséphine Michel [1981, Paris – France] lives and works in London. She studied philosophy at the Sorbonne University and photography at the École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie in Arles. She completed a MPhil at the Royal College of Art. Her research project focuses on the impact of sound on photography and their mutual porosity, more specifically in terms of vibration, reverberation and tonality. In 2007, she published her first book / DVD: Lude, Filigranes Editions. Her work has been exhibited in France, Spain, the United Kingdom, and recent exhibitions include:
Galerie Binôme, París, 2014; Royal College of Art, 2013, Halfway to White, Rencontres d’Arles, 2012. Her photographs have also been presented in various publications, including: Fario, 2007; Concertgebouw Brugge, 2011; Le Monde des Livres, 2011; Photomonitor, 2011.