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MILLET, Laurent

PORTRAIT-MILLETBorn in 1968 in Roanne, France.

Lives and works in France.

A photographer and visual artist, Laurent Millet has lived for the past ten years by the Gironde estuary, whose landscapes and human activities have inspired his work. He has taken possession of the elements which have most strongly impressed him—animal traps, huts, clouds, water, mud, wood, wind—in photographic and videographic forms, capturing them as is or repurposing them.

In this way he composes the chapters of an imaginary encyclopaedia, inhabited by objects he constructs in natural settings or in his workshop. His assemblages are hybrids of traditional objects as well as of works by artists he enjoys.

His œuvre can be perceived as a series of Bachelardian reveries on the physical phenomena of landscape and the materiality of imagery.

His work is held in public collections in France and the USA. Among his most important exhibitions have been those at the Museum of Fine Arts in Santa Fe, USA; the CGAI, Santiago de Compostela, Spain; and the Hôtel des Arts, Toulon, and the Festival of Lectoure, France.

Laurent Millet presented his work at the Rencontres d’Arles in 2009, nominated by Alain Desvergnes for the Discovery Award: Les Tempestaires at the Grande Halle.