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Jean-Michel Alberola

Since the early 1980s, French artist Jean-Michel Alberola explores the role of the artist and the power of images through a multiple approach (painting, drawing, photography, film, installation). His inspiration proceeds from the tradition of Art history as much as from popular culture, leading to enigmatic pieces, unveiling “the clotting of a doubt.” Alberola shows here a personal interpretation of the photobooth, relying on the artistic processes favored by the Surrealists: fragmentation of the composition, association of writing and image, and removal of the artist. He hides his face behind letters and uses the sequence of four images and the format of the strip to reveal the word “rien” (‘nothing’). Alberola diverts the normal use of this recording mode, evoking absence rather than presence.