25 May 2012 – 14 July 2012 25.05.2012 – 14.07.2012
Rue Isidore Verheyden 2
Over the past twenty years, Éric Poitevin has been exploring the classic artistic themes: landscapes, still lives, portraits and nudes. He uses these themes to form groups, to which photographs can be added or removed at will. Whether the subject is human beings, animals or plants, the artist uses the same working method: any affectation is stripped away. The absence of expression, the use of close-ups, soft lighting and monochrome backgrounds all contribute towards the extreme neutrality of the images. Each photograph strives to depict a moment suspended in time. At first glance, the images appear silent, yet in spite of this a dialogue is created with the spectator – it is this paradox, which makes the images so powerful. Eric Poitevin’s choice of subjects (the forest, animals, the naked body) allow him to play with our collective imagination (our fears, fascinations and desires).