Inkjet prints, various formats. 56 photographs.
Footnotes is a series of photographs produced in the United States between 2008 and 2015. It revisits the myth of American photography through a conceptual lens. The photographs explore thresholds of visibility, as they are at times completely opaque, at times drowned in grey or white light.
This sensation of spatial and temporal dislocation mixed with narrative suggestion is perceptible in all Sylvain Couzinet-Jacque’s projects and installations, for example Outstanding Nominals, Eden or Sub Rosa. Here, the diaphanous re-enacts a historicity of the photographic medium : « the image is a revelation of the world that occurs through its veiling in the same instant » (Aristotle). Footnotes therefore applies this fundamental idea of the nature of the photographic image by signifying it through artefacts veils. The project reappropriates the stereotypes of American imagery ; it twists the narratives constructed by the formulas of the film industry. American imagery is reviewed through monochrome filters, becoming pieces of a puzzle without logic and linearity. The photographs are questioned in their foundation and immediate recognition, and examine what we have inherited in spite of ourselves.