No 17 Philippe DurandFrance (1963)
Feu (au lac)
Playing on the evocative power of images, Philippe Durand’s installation rekindles mankind’s ancestral fascination for fire. By photographing fire and its extreme swiftness, the artist captures primitive forms of light as if he was addressing the photography of today. Through lenticular imagery, a sort of pre-digital GIF, the artist superimposes three different clichés that reproduce the movement of the flames, which come to life as the viewer moves. Erected in Lake Geneva, this almost 4-metre-long image literally sets fire to the lake – a nod to a Swiss-French expression, “the lake is not on fire”, meaning “there is no rush”.
Original scenography by Images Vevey produced in association with the artist