Julien Mauve – Titanic Orchestra
Titanic Orchestra is an instinctive reaction to the wave of violence that struck Paris in 2015. Like so many metaphors, these organic images tell of the fall of a world and the struggle to emerge from the state of stupefaction that followed. The city that is shown has kept the appearance we know, and yet everything has changed. After the impact, chaos reigns, a veil has fallen, the center of gravity has been shaken, a disturbing nature seems to have taken over. Looking for an anchor point for lack of an answer, the photographer shifts his lens alternately towards the sky, the earth, a fleeting object or an obstructed horizon. The artist’s bodily presence is palpable here: he is the seismograph that records the pulsations of this hallucinatory universe. Everywhere he looks, the threat hovers: the engulfment, the fall, absent, inert bodies. His spasmodic vision stumbles against walls or screens, debris lies at his feet, voices are disembodied in loudspeakers, and if he looks up, it is the blind eye of a camera that he meets. The irreversible has happened, but the impulse of life remains. And it is in the meeting with bodies in resistance, desiring, powerful, that the repair will be able to engage.