Laurence Aëgerter at Rencontres d’Arles 2019
Opening on July 4, 1 pm followed by a book signing of the book Cathédrales
Exhibition venue: Croisière, Arles (Fr)
July 1 – September 22
In her Cathédrales series, created in 2014, Laurence Aëgerter opened a book from the fifties (Cathédrales et églises de France) on the central double page which showed the gothic cathedral of Bourges. In her studio, every minute for two hours, she captured the movement of the sun and the projected shadow from the windows which was gradually obscuring the reproduction, until it became invisible. Cathédrales hermétiques is the follow up to this series. Moving away from the facades, she focuses on three church interiors, tackling ten centuries of architecture, from a Romanesque church (Saint-Benoît-sur-Loire) to a gothic church (Coutances) and an even more modern cathedral (Sainte-Jeanne-d’Arc in Nice). Later, she included in this series the three Provencal sisters of Cistercian architecture: Senanque, Silvacane and Le Thoronet, whose architectural design echoed her meditative quest.
Silkscreened with an ink reactive to the heat of the sun, the images emerge when exposed to sunlight. The heat penetrates each layer to better reveal it. Laurence Aëgerter invents a new method of photo development: the dark room exists in broad daylight. Through this juxtaposition of eras, Laurence Aëgerter pays tribute to the monumentality of these works of art. She shifts the history of architecture but also that of the photographic technique. Yesterday’s immutability meets today’s fleetingness. Laurence Aëgerter herself says that she builds “small monuments to Time.” But with this imperceptible temporal experience, she creates and invites us to a temple of meditation and contemplation.
The presentation is curated by Fannie Escoulen