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13 August 2010

Hans-Peter Feldmann, Rencontres d’Arles 2010

Hans-Peter Feldmann is one of the most influential artists of his generation. Escaping formalism all the way, Feldmann mistrusts all comforts of style and has, for more than three decades, worked to legitimise previously illegitimate art forms, from daily life to photo albums. In the 1980s, Feldmann’s activities moved from the art world to other projects, including his ‘thimble mail’ and his shop in Düsseldorf, as well as his tin toy manufacturing company and artists’ book publishing house.

Hans Ulrich Obrist

Hans-Peter Feldmann works mostly with found photographs, but here he has produced 100 Years by taking the pictures himself. The series consists of portraits of 101 persons from among his family and friends: one person for each year of an optimistic life span of one hundred years, beginning with a baby eight weeks old and ending with a lady aged one hundred. When Feldmann failed to find someone of the right age among his own family and friends, he went looking among those friends’ families. The series took three years to complete: in some cases he had to wait a year for someone to reach the age he needed. The final series was chosen from among pictures of some one hundred and thirty people. Himself close to seventy, Feldmann has set out here to establish his position within the circle of people making up his private life and thus to situate himself on a time line.

Artist presented by Hans-Ulrich Obrist & Philippe Parreno.

Exhibition venue: Atelier de Mécanique, Parc des Ateliers, Rencontres d’Arles 2010.