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Laurent Segretier: Memento
The French photographer based in Hong Kong presents his distorted photographs as a 'beautiful but disturbing virtuality'Self-described as part of the 'new media generation' in France (focusing on digital art and photographic manipulation), Hong Kong-based artist and photographer Laurent Segretier reworks his photographs by distorting the images to a state of no return. Inspired by the expansive themes of rebirth, identity, sex, and religion, Segretier creates haunting imagery as an insight to his own fantasy world made up of warped faces and colour-saturated abstractions. Having first shown in Paris for the Designer's Day 2011 at the L'Eclaireur boutique, he will be returning to the city at the Mily Kadz-curated Joyce gallery this Autumn with his dark and often unsettling digital art.
Dazed Digital: What are the themes behind your "Memento" show and how did the idea first come about?
Laurent Segretier: [My themes work around] ideas of an unstable and fragmented reality... a beautiful but disturbing virtuality, through the struggles and the euphoria. The ideas come from my [personal] life and how I live in the world.
DD: What works from artists/filmmakers have influenced your practice, if any?
Laurent Segretier: Araki Nobuyoshi's erotic poetry. François Ozon's work has a delicious ambiguity between the real and the insane. Gaspard Noé's new French extremity, and Russell Banks and Francis Bacon.
DD: How would you describe your work in five words?
Laurent Segretier: Dark orgasm, destructive beauty, hope, rebirth. - www.dazeddigital.com/
French photographer based in Hong Kong, Laurent Segretier belongs to the new media generation whose work is developed through meticulous manipulation of high technologies. Keen on exploiting the binaries in life, his works touch on the tactility of human encounter through the representation by digital apparatus. Segretier would distort his own photos by manipulating the pixels of the images on the computer screen to render them unstable, where he would repeatedly reshoot the screen image with different shutter speeds until they deform into a fragmented, pixilated texture.
Hence, the outcome on the screen becomes the input for the artists photographic composition. Despite the use of digital devices, the resulting images paradoxically preserve a touch of craftsmanship. Each image reshot is a reproduction - yet a singularity - for no image is identical with one another given the vacillating quality of the pixels. This concept also cast an alternative light on the idea of reproduction not as a replica of the same subject, but a repetition characterized by non-neutrality.
Using pixilated strokes as his medium, Segretier paints images that explore theme of identity, religion and sex. The orgasmic images of his fiancée who experiences jouissance, the little death, which also symbolizes the intimate dialogue between the lovers materialized in texturized pixels - all these images represent the artists constant exploration of the nuances between reality and fantasy in a world where perception is a sensory overload of images while reality no longer has its relevance, and how private life and personal fantasies have turned into a form of exhibitionism that invites the voyeuristic gaze of the viewers. - www.likeyou.com/