Créquy brings art to life where you don’t expect it.

 Imag: AdeY 

Imag: AdeY 

Créquy brings art to life where you don’t expect it.

One of the photographers whose work has caught our attention is AdeY, and when we heard that  a selection of his images were going to be included as part of a major contemporary art and photography exhibition in Nice, we had to find out more.

Running from the 23rd February to 4th March 2018, the exhibition HUMAINS URBAINS -  Urban Humans is located on a site made safe after demolition at: 4, avenue Malausséna, 06000 Nice, France. Taking over the former admiral building site provides the exhibition with a natural setting and will be open each day to the public between 2pm and 6pm, and by invitation only from 6.30pm when some of the artists will be present. 

About Urban Humans
An artificial and cultural ecosystem, a community of destinies in a mineral setting; the town, this city world, attracts and absorbs like a vortex, more and more users, residents, or visitors every day. 
The city offers the wise observer a hollowed out portrait of the human who lives there, he is a complex organism which has to face up to the ecological and societal upheavals of our times in order to survive and develop. The personal perspectives of the artists is there to show us these seconds of beauty and truth which escape us. They complete our unconscious perception. It is this touching and immense fragility of human destiny which they are presenting to make us question if we are indeed urban.

The Artists
In total the work of nine local and international artists and photographers is being featured including:

AdeY

 Image: AdeY

Image: AdeY


AdeY is an English photographer living in Malmö in Sweden. His work captures small moments of social oppression, humour, isolation, anxiety, and depression. He highlights that we don't change our relationship with our environment but that it adapts itself to what we become. The images depict the instabilities evident in contemporary society by directly broaching the questions of genre, normative behaviour and how society forces us to choose a direction or a path. The subjects show our vulnerability, our solitude, our strengths and our expectations, while highlighting the correlation between the body and space.  
AdeY's work has been presented in numerous printed and online publications notably the  
American Paper Magazine, and the  Pacific Dissent of Los Angeles, the Swedish web Floret, and Austrian publication: This Very Instant ...


Alex Egea

 Image: Alex Igea

Image: Alex Igea

Alex Egea was born in 1986. After having spent much of his youth between Lyon and Barcelona, where he originally comes from, and where he decided to study fine arts at Emile Cohl and l'escola Massana catalane, he left to explore Europe as an illustrator.  Over a period of four years Alex spent time in Paris, Helsinki and Florence where he worked at refining his pictorial investigations before returning to Lyon in 2015 where he launched a new series of  paintings and representative drawings, a combination made possible due to his varied influences. 


Zacharie Gaudrillot-Roy

 Image: Zcharie Gaudrillot-Roy

Image: Zcharie Gaudrillot-Roy


Living and working in Lyon, Zacharie was born in 1986 in L’Arbresle, France. He graduated in  photography from the Condé school in Lyon (2010) and has worked for the Lyon Biennale d’art Contemporain, and carries out industrial and architectural reports for businesses as well as events and factual reports for the town of Lyon.
In 2011, he opened the  L’ABAT-JOUR workshop/ photo gallery on the slopes of Croix-Rousse in Lyon, where he organises photographic exhibitions and, along with other photographers, he has set up a black and white photo film laboratory. 

Since 2015, he has been a member of the Parallèle group, made up of five photographers.
A long time fan of the cinema and its atmosphere, he mainly uses photography and video as artistic supports and also uses other mediums such as sound bites and installations. 


Romain Chambodut

 Image: Romain Chambodut

Image: Romain Chambodut


A photographic author born in 1984, Romain lives and works in Lyon.
The recurrent theme of the aesthetic thoughts of Romain Chambodut, a theme both obsessional and tempered, is the individual: the individual person (their face, their clothes, their posture) as well as the individual object (its body, its skin). 

Blurring out of focusness, displacement of flesh and shade in space, a shroud draped briefly stretches the contours and the background, enriched by the fluid energy of the ethereal. 
Solid statuesque fragments escape deletion. They form the area of the body, the geography of which is dilated, ambiguous, resilient and already dead.

How can we not think of the painter Bacon who used to provoke an accident (by making mistakes on purpose), the few seconds of moving exposure make the body its own tool of dissolution, like a brush spreading the painter's glaze or the moving pose like a regret that you erase.  

We also think of the spectres of Duane Michaels, it's this absence from the body which symbolises his portraits and believers will see souls in his work, materialists will see vital energies or a departure from the narrative. In the ether of his bodies bathed in light, we continue to look for ourselves. Romain has worked in situ to perfect his projects, spending a few days in residence in the building before it too becomes just a memory.


Tom Giampieri

 Image: Tom Giampieri 

Image: Tom Giampieri 


Living and working in Nice, Tom was born in 1992 and qualified from la villa Arson in 2016,
Tom Giampieri has been the resident artist at La Station since January 2017.
The paintings of Tom Giampieri are fed by chemical and physical processes that mainly come from dyeing techniques. Like an alchemist in his workshop, developing and making his tools himself, he pushes his experiments until something appears from the rags of a fabric.

In that way, his work takes shape between a diverted skill, research made up of fortunate guesses and a personal iconography in order to create paintings where the figurative occurs like an hallucination.

Luca Gilli

 Image: Luca Gilli

Image: Luca Gilli


Luca Gilli was born in 1965 and he lives and works in Cavriago in the province of Reggio Emilia. Doctor of Science from Université de Parme, for several years he has been working as a photographer and consultant in the field of environment and wildlife, employed by nature reserves, schools and university institutes.  

In 1998 he opened a graphics and editing studio. His photographic work is often displayed in Italy and abroad, while his reports have been published in numerous national and international magazines. 

Luca Gilli has also published several books and his works are in the catalogues of several group exhibitions. His photographs are part of private collections, and feature in Italian and European photography and contemporary art museums including, the Bibliothèque Nationale de France – Paris, Musée de la Photographie Charleroi – Belgique, Kunstbibliothek – Berlin, Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain – Strasbourg, Musée Réattu – Arles, École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts – Paris, Museum of Photography – Thessaloniki.


Noel Podevigne

 Image: Nole Podevigne 

Image: Nole Podevigne 


Self-taught Noël was born in 1951 and works predominantly in jobs linked to education. He became a professional photographer in the 1980s and devotes his time to reporting. From 1984 to 2006, he held the post of scientific photographer at the university of Lyon, and he taught photography at l’INSA de Lyon from 1996 to 2014.

His personal research leads him to explore a variety of  photographic areas with a leaning towards landscapes and people. Co-founder of the Domus Galery, on the campus of Doua, he was in charge of artistic and animation programming from 2006 to 2014.
Noël will exhibit his work Chlorophyllotypes, fragile and sensitive, and developed on real tree leaves.


Urbex Session

 Image: Urbex Session

Image: Urbex Session


Since 2013, Marie and Raphaël have been travelling the world with the aim of exploring places that have been abandoned and forgotten by man. A totally alternative and thrilling type of tourism which mixes adrenaline and discovery. Over time and kilometres we have become accustomed to finding ourselves isolated, in the middle of nowhere, always having this same pleasure of being in unloved lands a long way from the world and from our era.
To isolate oneself for a split second, the time of a few photo shots, and to immortalise this hypnotic universe. 

These places give us the opportunity to find ourselves together in an out of time parenthesis. Difficult today to imagine travelling any other way, well maybe one day at the dawn of rediscovered sociability. We have created the site: www.UrbexSession.com  which brings together all our explorations of abandoned places throughout the world, in which we present archives of photos to give an order of comparison with the present. Most of the time, I add a totally made up story to our pictures in order to add an extra dimension to our reports. It compliments our artistic approach.

 

Nice is Nice competition
This competition, open to everyone, and will be an opportunity for the people and fans of Nice to show via a photographic haiku, what affects them personally and intimately.  This is not about posing for a selfie in front of a monument, the subject is the other. It's the town and its otherness, the shade of the palm trees on the promenade, the steps of the old town, little bare feet in the black shingles, in short life.

The competition starts during the exhibition and will continue to run for a couple of months after the exhibition finishes. This means there’s plenty of time for everyone to enter. The final results will be presented in one the other five buildings in Nice that the Créquy Group is running.

Three prizes will be presented at the end of the exhibition:
• Prix de la ville de Nice
• Prix du groupe CREQUY
• Prix des Visiteurs de l’exposition


The design team
Henry-Pierre MARSAL
Hugo DESSALCES

The Créquy Group
Art and architecture are the major levers which allow us to get in touch with a wide public. Many visitors and locals visited the Condition des Soies during our two exhibitions: Sous la peau, in 2013.

Indeed this framework is ideal to present and explain our methods;

These projects allow residents to reclaim their neighbourhood, and to witness and sometimes take part in the transformations themselves.

“Opening the area to the public before and during the works, in addition to the cultural impact, this will prepare the residents and link them to the urban projects. In fact, they will become partners and shareholders in the project.”

“The scale of our group allows us to break the usual codes of property (real estate) transactions. Theses cultural projects are a breathing space for us but also a place to meet our partners on new ground.”
Hervé Tillier President

For further information about the Créquy Group please visit their website.

Behind the scenes.

In the following gallery the organisers have shared with us a series of images showing the preparations for the exhibition. These informal images show the preparations being made at the venue, including the building of the Ruin Bar and have been captured by Henry-Pierre Marsal.  You'll also spot photographer Romain Chambodut at work shooting a male nude ahead of the exhibition. 

We hope you enjoy these "making of" images, which offer a rare insight to the work involved ahead of the opening of the HUMAINS URBANIS exhibition.

 

HUMAINS URBAINS  is a highly innovative contemporary photography and art exhibition running between 23rd February and 4th March in Nice. We hope the exhibition is a huge success, and if you're interested in the work of the artists being featured it does provide you with a very compelling reason to make a trip to Nice.