The Wilmotte Foundation presents between 11th May until 26th November 2017, during the Biennale of Contemporary Art, a vision of Venice by the photographer Frederic Delangle. “Trusting this work to Frederic Delangle, I asked him to translate sensibly into images those non-real and timeless ambients that I cherish so much, like those foggy-white atmospheres… the nightly solitude… Putting the accent on Venice’s unique character: the forceful stubbornness of staying as it is today as it was many centuries ago, its fragility… since Venice is destined to disappear, it repeatedly tells us the opposite.”
Sensitive to the request of Jean-Michel Wilmotte, Frédéric Delangle has brought back some sixty images, sometimes very dark and sometimes very pale, which gives a new lease of the perception that one has of Venice, one of the most photographed cities in the world. Echoing the novel by Georges Perec – La Disparition (literally, «The Disappearance») -, Frederic Delangle has forced himself to make disappear the colors and the contrasts, playing on the densities, either too clear or too dark of his photographs. Emphasized by the intermediate hues between black and white, these images are not available to the viewers: they oblige them to fix their attention, to concentrate to see them appearing, or disappearing... A first glance is not enough: It is necessary to return to it patiently, on several occasions, to discover the details which reveal themselves slowly, gradually, as emerged from an ancient memory. The precision of these images is astonishing: all information is contained there, but crushed by light or concealed by its absence. Beyond shops, cafe terraces and tourists, one keeps only the essential: the skeleton of Venice, its naked archetypal. Between reality and illusion, the markers of time retreat to offer to the gaze an evanescent city which contours nevertheless appear with a great sharpness by force of observation. The exhibition «Venezia: la scomparsa» presents 36 original prints, mixed in three different formats (150x100 cm, 120x80 cm, 60x40cm), in a scenography signed by Jean-Michel Wilmotte. The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalog published by Editions Xavier Barral, reproducing a 24 x 33.5 cm format of fifty-eight images of the series.