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PERNOT, Mathieu

PORTRAIT-PERNOTBorn in Fréjus, France, in 1970.

Lives and works in Paris.


After studying art history at the University of Grenoble, he enrolled at the École Nationale de la Photographie in Arles, from where he graduated in 1996. He specialises in documentary work, but offers a new take on the codes of this photographic genre and explores alternative paths to develop a multi-voiced narrative. Mathieu Pernot’s work is either organised into series – sometimes linked by their choice of characters, chronology or theme – or by his encounter with archive images. In either case, his nomadic approach to photography and choice of subject underline a desire to avoid a uniform and unidirectional narrative. His images in perpetual movement evoke a reality that is far from being fixed and unchanging.


Mathieu Pernot presented his work at the Rencontres d’Arles in 1997: Portraits of an arlesian Gypsy family at the Palais de l’Archevêché; in 2000 at the Chapelle St Martin du Méjan; in 2007: Arja Hyytiainen, Martin Kollar, Mathieu Pernot & Virxilio Vieitez at the Capitole and in 2005 taking part in the collective exhibition One time or another for the 20 years of the ENSP french school.