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TORNATO, Jean-Louis

TornatoBorn in 1969 in Brignoles.

Lives and works in Paris and Tokyo.


Jean-Louis Tornato studied Arts at the University Faculty in Aix-en-Provence until 1993, after which he combined a research Masters in Art Sciences with studies at the ENSP, graduating from the latter in 1996. Since then he has divided his time between artistic research, a free lance photography (architecture, cinema, portrait, and trends), and a more theoretical commitment to various domains concerning the image (teaching in art school, lectures and workshops, directing photographic missions on behalf of various local authorities).

A monograph of his work was published in 2004 (Les sommeils/Sleepings, 128 pages, 779 Editions) and his work has featured in several collective and individual exhibitions, amongst which: Centre Civic Can Basté, Barcelona; Hôtel-Dieu, Paris; Kawasaki City Museum, Japan; 779 gallery, Paris; Place M gallery, Tokyo; CAPC, Bordeaux; and the Fondation de l’Atelier de Sèvres, Paris. Jean-Louis Tornato’s subject matter includes complex questions about sleep, the unconscious and desire, and he describes worlds in a state of crisis, marked by tragedy, war, catastrophe and pollution.


Jean-Louis Tornato presented his work at the Rencontres d’Arles in 2012: Jean-Louis Tornato at the Grande Halle.



Jean-Louis Tornato. Courtesy of Kazuko Wakayama.