The Knights of the Devil
How does one photograph war? Certainly not by repeating pictures of corpses, answers the author who decided to re-appropriate images and subject satellite views of burnt villages in Darfur –with at least 300,000 dead between 2003 and 2006– to another treatment, posing the question in a radical fashion. Freed of their colours and converted into black and white negative, the Google Earth captures become graphics. We will not find information, but we will, indisputably, have the form. (...)The information could not be derived from the actual image if it were produced in the photographic tradition or by the sophistication of recent technologies. Satellites –which sweep everything, monitor everything– supply us with shapes. Shapes to be deciphered. In this case, denoting tragedy.
Christian Caujolle, published on The Eye of Photography
As a counterpoint to the tragedy in Darfur, Galerie Esther Woerdehoff also exhibits another series: Sacred Site. The series refers to the name that Australian aborigines give to their holy places by surrounding them with enclosures to protect them. The artist travels around the world to photograph theses places, browsing deserted and depopulated areas and natural sites. He photographs traces that indicate the presence of man in the landscape. His photographs suggest a reflection on time, space and the complex relationship between mankind and nature. This series includes many enclosures, buildings, or traces of nomadic dwellings characterized by their circular shape: Jacques Pugin photographs these places like sculptures made with the surrounding elements, by men.