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26 August 2009

Jean-Christian Bourcart, Rencontres d’Arles 2009

Jean-Christian Bourcart settled in New York in 1997, after training in photography and psychology. His pictures convey recurrent themes (transgression, clandestinity, obsession, movement) and always aim to lay bare people’s hidden secrets, their activities and traces. Traffic (2003), a series of portraits of motorists stuck in traffic jams in New York City, displays waiting and confinement, and seeks a certain dialectic between the ‘very close’ and the uncrossable, through the presence of windows and lenses. Stardust, shot in a New York movie theatre in 2006, is a series of ‘primordial images’ taken at the source of the projection, where it passes through the glass that separates the projection room from the auditorium.

Hélène Chouteau, ‘Jean-Christian Bourcart’, presentation of the nominees for the Prix Photo du Jeu de Paume, Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume, Paris, 2006.

Jean-Christian Bourcart is represented by VU’ la galerie and Rapho agency in Paris and by Andrea Meislin Gallery in New York.


Exhibition organized by la Galerie VU’.

Exhibition venue: Capitole, Rencontres d’Arles 2009.