Antoine d'Agata Atlas

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By Antoine D’Agata

From 21 January, 2016
To 10 February, 2016

It was in his home town of Marseille, where he was born in 1961, that Antoine D’Agata once again took up photography after a four-year hiatus. This was in the late 1990s. A number of pictures he took around this time were published in the collection Home Town. The photographs are in black and white. They examine meandering and straying, sex and drugs – the crossing of boundaries. They trace the path of good conduct and the patterns mapped out by society, particularly those which usually separate photographers from their subject. Antoine D’Agata says that he “sought to live amongst those whom photography has hitherto been happy to merely watch”.

Fifteen years later in 2014, he created Atlas, a 76-minute long film featuring prostitutes from around the world, post modern Piéta figures, poised between ecstasy and suffering. Once again boundaries were transgressed, those which delineate the photographic medium. The frame is fixed, but the video records movement and, especially, voices. Voices in all languages, which give Atlas a universal dimension, each evidence of a devastating beauty.

When I was younger, I spent countless nights on the streets; and I ended up tiring of them somewhat. I went into the bars and into the bedrooms; the spaces gradually began to close in. Then I focused on bodies. And, from the act of sex itself, I moved to these few seconds during which the face tightens. With Atlas, I wanted to move on to something else without betraying myself. When I discovered the video function on my camera it helped open up new spaces to me”,  Antoine D’Agata. However, although his choice of media and his intentions may have changed, D’Agata’s work continues to ask the same questions over a number of years, examining the impure relationship between document and intimacy.

Where

Beirut Exhibition Center (BEC)
BIEL
Beirut

When

From 21 January, 2016
To 10 February, 2016

11:00am - 8:00pm