The black is the origin. With the appearance of light different BLACKS have been revealed, multiple, sensitive, fragile but with what presence! BLACKS that are born from the deprivation of light, BLACK reflections of non-reflections, a kind of anti-light that makes us discovering colors, lights and materials. They emphasize, reveal, make us aware of so close richnesses. Magical, simple, dayly.
We took as starting point existing material or surfaces propitious to the imagination, one could be tempted to recognize skins, minerals, cellars, roads, mountains, water, sea, stars, coal, technical fabrics, bolts or dancer. But does one really need these eclectic identifications? These are just starting points, initializations, suspensions of time, like freezed frames masterfully highlighted by the BLACKS…
Because the light is our brush, we wanted to go on playing, dreaming, looking even further … drilling holes for the light.
After our recent photographic and videos exhibitions, we continue our quest, this time through the prism of color … This exhibition is a reflection of our vision, voluntarily sweet and poetic, on the moment before the encounter, on the first glance. It stops at the first whirlwinds when the glass starts to swirl putting the color in motion … Just before the transfer to the other senses, because what happens next is another story … Beautiful!
Boats, vineyards and desserts compete with elegance, magic and even mystery …
After our last photographic and videos exhibitions, the evidence came from having to continue on an even richer and more varied theme, to travel through different fields where, to our greatest happiness, the spirit and the hand of man shape and shine.
The custom is to show Bordeaux vineyards in the summer or autumn during the harvest, while the light is warm, the grapes are ripe and well plump. But what happens in the winter, when the vine are resting and the branches are cut, the time seems to be slowed down, as if suspended? This exhibition is not a report stricto sensu, rather a poetic, dreamlike but realistic, non-exhaustive ballad around the three vineyards, composed of photographs and a film. We do not look at a film like an exhibition of photographs … Images that show the delicacy, the romanticism where the sweetness of the colors contributes to the beauty and the emotion.
When we proposed our collaboration to Marc Van Peteghem we had no special knowledge of Bangladesh. We wanted to approach the subject without moaning nor voyeurism, but show the beauty and pride of the Bangladeshis and their country – Try to get close, bring our vision, from earthlings to earthlings!
Our aim was not to describe, once more the program of Watever or explain the need for us to be in Bangladesh, as the people’s plight, calls us!
We just felt the need to bring to our our society the reality of the need and the value of Watever self-embedding within the communities that can benefit from sustainable approaches to local resource development. With the sale of prints and film, we can help folk contribute to Watever to continue their selfless and effective work.
Our ‘‘BANGLADESH!’’ exhibit uses the essences of both photography and video. Reinforced thus, we can, perhaps, re-experience emotions of the individual Bangladeshis, suddenly released from dependence and despair. If you can feel such joy we’ve done our job! If your fall in love with a print, you can help sustain these good deeds.
Romain and Nicolas Claris
Chittagong, Bangladesh April 2013
A fully contributory work, all benefits go to the Watever NGO.