The im­agery of space ex­plo­ration and sci­ence fic­tion col­lide in a be­guil­ing ex­hi­bi­tion by VIN­CENT FOURNIER

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VIN­CENT FOURNIER IS a French fine art pho­tog­ra­pher ex­plor­ing sig­nif­i­cant utopian and fu­tur­is­tic sto­ries. His works can be found in the per­ma­nent col­lec­tions of the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Museum of Art in New York, the Cen­tre Pom­pi­dou Paris, or the LVMH con­tem­po­rary

Art col­lec­tion among oth­ers. He is rep­re­sented in Asia by Hong Kong’s La Ga­lerie.

Af­ter be­ing awarded a diploma in both so­ci­ol­ogy and vis­ual arts, he stud­ied at the Na­tional School of

Pho­tog­ra­phy in Ar­les and ob­tained his diploma in 1997. Af­ter sev­eral years as cre­ative di­rec­tor and pho­tog­ra­pher in the ad­ver­tis­ing and movie in­dus­tries, he quit to travel the world in 2004.

Space Project is his found­ing project, and sees Fournier take a world tour of the most em­blem­atic space re­search cen­tres – think Nasa and Rus­sia’s Star City – which aroused fan­tasies and strong hopes and ex­pec­ta­tions of an en­tire gen­er­a­tion. He has strong pho­to­graphic style: con­trasts of scale, sharp ar­chi­tec­tural com­po­si­tion, pre­ci­sion of the aes­theti­cism, mas­tery of natural light, in­ter­est in para­dox­i­cal sit­u­a­tions em­body­ing ten­sion and irony.

“With Space Project, I have vol­un­tar­ily mixed a historic and doc­u­men­tary vi­sion of the spa­tial ad­ven­ture with staged sit­u­a­tions fed by the cin­ema and my child­hood mem­o­ries,” says Fournier. “Thus, these myth­i­cal places of the space ex­plo­ration be­come films sets where Jac­ques Tati would meet with Jules Verne or Stan­ley Kubrick. This body of work takes at present a new res­o­nance with the de­vel­op­ment of new space ex­plo­ration in the pri­vate sec­tor of the aero­space and ro­bot­ics in­dus­try.”

Ul­ti­mately Fournier’s images in­vite us to think about the evo­lu­tion of the world, our place in it, and our own per­cep­tion of time. Hav­ing grown up with “the end of his­tory” and liv­ing in the eter­nal present, he ques­tions with his images our past and fu­ture utopias… What are our ex­pec­ta­tions for the fu­ture and has the fu­ture al­ready hap­pened? These works are cur­rently on dis­play at Cler­vaux, Cite de L’im­age in Lux­em­bourg un­til Septem­ber 29.

Op­po­site: Er­gol #2, S1B clean room, Ari­anes­pace, Guiana Space Cen­tre [CGS], French Guiana, 2011 Above: Solkol Space Glove, Yuri Ga­garin Cos­mo­naut Train­ing Cen­tre [GCTC], Star City, Rus­sia, 2007

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