Born in 1983. Paris
Sylvain Couzinet-Jacques (1983) graduated from the École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Marseille in 2010 and the École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie in Arles in 2012. His work has been featured at Le BAL in Paris, the Fotofestival Mannheim curated by Urs Stahel, at the Aperture Foundation in New York and the C/O Berlin gallery, among others.
His work has received an award from Le Bal (Paris, 2013) and he was in residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris from 2014 to 2016 In 2015, he was awarded the inaugural « Immersion commission » by the Fondation d’Entreprise Hermès, in collaboration with the Aperture Foundation, to engage his project Eden in North Carolina.
For several years, Sylvain Couzinet-Jacques has been developing a reflection halfway between documentary photography and the visual arts, dealing with the concept of re-enchantment. From the real-estate crisis in Spain, to the figure of the Black Block rioters, to the Eden project, his art reflects a world in crisis whose representation seems to be in crisis as well. The global stakes of the immaterial circulation of data, private property and collective appropriation are the basis of a visual and sculptural exploration.
The Eden long-term project which S. Couzinet Jacques started in 2015 attempts to explore processes of re-enchanting realities and concepts of “post-documentary” and “retcon”, and virtuality as an impact on individuals and collective identities. His latest project Sub Rosa is an audiovisual installation with a twelve-hour-long and a generative musical score. It was initially created during his year residency at the Académie de France, Madrid. It has received distinctions from the FOAM museum, Amsterdam (2018), the Fondation des Artistes in Paris (2018) and C/O Berlin (2019). Couzinet-Jacques is now working on a new long-term project : La Ronde de Nuit (Night Watch), based on a free pirate system of telecommunication for Android phones.
His first book Eden (1000 pages of handscans of a house victim of the subprimes crisis in Eden, North Carolina) was published by Aperture (New York) in November 2016. His second book Sub Rosa was published by Spector Books (Leipzig) in 2019.