Mathieu Bernard- ReymondSwitzerland, France - 1976
17 Mar - 05 May 2010
Born in Gap in 1976, Mathieu Bernard-Reymond lives and works in Lausanne. He studied photography at the School of Applied Arts in Vevey and studied political science in Grenoble. Winner of numerous awards, his work has been exhibited in festivals, galleries and foundations in Europe, the USA and Japan. Two monographs are devoted to him: You are (Actes Sud, 2003) and TV (Hatje Cantz, 2008).
Winner of the Arcimboldio Price 2009, from documents in metamorphoses, the series “Monuments” marks the interest of Mathieu Bernard-Reymond for the representation of datas, statistics and their impact.
Interweaving photographs and computer manipulations, it uses economic graphs and other visualizations of existing information to create architectural accidents in natural landscapes. Stock exchange prices are modeled into monuments, into virtual sculptures, contemporary and monumental, overwhelming environment with their mass. About the “Monuments,” Mathieu Bernard-Reymond said in le Temps of December 30, 2009: “They are massive but at the same time already deteriorating. They combine two temporalities: the short movements of the economy and the long movements of history. ”
Moving images in a different context to produce a sense is a content in Mathieu Bernard-Reymond work. Result of extensive use of new digital technologies, his photographic work is characterized by a process of experimentation and freedom which comes with a real poetic inspiration.