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Photographic books have long been important to Serge Clément. Over the past forty years they have played an increasingly central role in how he thinks about and makes art. Initially, he used the book form as a rudimentary way of organizing his photographic series. This organizational impulse quickly gave way to a desire to experiment with narrative – to explore the considerable impact that sequencing has on the reception and meaning of photographs. Since the mid-1990s, the book has become a means of expression as important to the artist’s practice as the exhibition. More often than not his works are presented in both forms, each set on an equal footing and acting as a complement to the other.

Archipel is a retrospective exhibition that lays bare Clément’s longstanding engagement with the book form. The twenty-one works presented were selected from a corpus of more than forty-six maquettes, artist’s books and larger print-run publications produced since 1979. The exhibition is accompanied by a new book – also titled Archipel – that proposes a cohesive overview of the direction Clément’s experimentations have taken over the last eighteen years. It is itself an artistic statement that provides insight into a distinctive creative voice while boldly revisiting past production. Also accompanying the exhibition is a video projection that seeks to highlight, through the lens of another medium, the particular materiality of Clément’s book works.

  • Authors: Serge Clément & Zoe Tousignant
  • Language : English & French 
  • 192 pages
  • Dimensions:  9.41 X 7.24 X 0.98 in/ 24 x 2.3 x 17.3 cm
  • Published by  Loco
  • ISBN: 9782843140013

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