May 25-27, 2018 at NRW-Forum Düsseldorf

Justine Emard


Born in 1987 in Clermont-Ferrand, Justine Emard lives and works in Paris. Through various media (photography, video, installations and augmented reality), Justine Emard questions the image in its materiality. Many of his works explore the paradigms of the cinematographic image that are the screen, the frame and the off-screen. During a creative trip to Dallas, USA in 2008, she investigated the disappearance of drive-in theaters. This decisive moment in her practice led her to hunt down and photograph all the white paint rectangles placed by anonymous people on the walls of the city, like potential screens. She begins her reflection on the idea of a progressive disappearance of the image. Reflection that she pursues in particular in a photographic series based on a work of reframing of the landscape through openings of buildings left to abandon. The artist’s interest in ruins, abandoned spaces and architecture is coupled with an attempt to reinject new life into them as if to resist a post-modern melancholic temptation and imagine a new way of constructing our gaze.

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