About the artist
For the past twenty years, Éric Poitevin has been revisiting the various genres of art history through photography: landscape, still life, portrait and nude.
Whether it is human beings, animals or plants, the artist works according to the same approach: to remove his subject of all artifices. The absence of expression, the tight framing, the diffused light, the monochrome background all help to provide the most neutral point of view possible. Each photograph is the affirmation of a moment suspended in time when his photographs establish a dialogue with the viewer. By choosing his subjects (the forest, the animal, the naked body), Éric Poitevin plays with our collective imagination (his fears, his fascinations, his desires).
As the art historian and art critic Catherine Mayeur explains: “Eric Poitevin’s process consists in extracting the image from reality, with patience (…) A construction, subtle but firm, imposes itself down to the smallest detail of each image, and in the integrity of the work. Éric Poitevin associates the antonyms presence / absence, proximity / distance, saturation / stripping, opacity / clarity, visible / invisible, composition / decomposition, and reconciles the antinomies in a general dialectic: life / death, nature / culture, historicity / contemporaneity. “
Born in 1961 in Longuyon (France), Eric Poitevin currently lives and works in Mangiennes.