Le Plateau

Valérie Jouve, Jean-Luc Moulène, Florence Paradeis

The 1990’s saw photography take a step back from its modernist impulses, with certain photographers opting to revisit the medium’s objectivity.  Images of the ‘everyday’ were used as a means to question the gestures and routines of an existence carried out in what could often be a rather alienating environment.  Valérie Jouve, Jean-Luc Moulène, and Florence Paradeis found themselves, whether they liked it or not, at the head of this new movement  –  one that lies at the crossroads between reality and mise en scène.Instead of attempting to sum up an ‘artistic movement’ one decade later, Le Plateau decided to invite these artists (2 women, 1 man, 3 photographers) to come together for a single exhibition.  Despite their differences, their work as a whole questions the very nature of the photographic image, with the underlying idea that each image always reveals another…Surprised at such an invitation, Valérie Jouve, Jean-Luc Moulène, and Florence Paradeis accepted to come and exchange their ideas, their points of view, and their differences, by launching the kind of group show that Le Plateau was hoping for.Through the use of different techniques (collage/Florence Paradeis, black and white photography/Jean-Luc Moulène, and color photography/Valérie Jouve), each one of them will attempt to revisit the codes of the image, to prolong the ontological investigations, and to distance us from our surrounding reality, in order to better define the shape and nature of objects.

– Curator : Eric Corne