French "Walking Photographer" Eric Bourret at the Joburg Art Fair (9-11 September 2016, Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg)

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For over 20 years, Eric Bourret has been travelling the world on foot, over every kind of terrain and at every altitude, making images he sees as "experiences of walking, experiences of the visible". Since 1990, his work has been exhibited in and acquired by museums and art centres in Europe, North America and Africa. He has participated in the Paris Photo Art Fair, as well as the Venice Biennale at the Palazzo Mora.

Eric Bourret is no stranger to the South African landscapes. In part thanks to IFAS, he attended a residency at NIROX Foundation in September 2015 to continue his artistic research.

This year he is back, and his work will be presented by the Gallery Hazard during the Joburg Art Fair from 9 to 11 September 2016, at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.

From the page:
Eric Bourret's expeditions can last for anything from a week to several months. But he always applies the same protocol. He superimposes a number of views of each scene so that the geological and human time scales merge. With the multiple reiterations of the initial image, a part of it disintegrates on the surface of the film before taking concrete form. The final result represents a summation of different memories into a "temporal layering" that is vibrant, oscillatory, almost animated. The practice of "walking photography" can also take the measure of a landscape, and of walking itself, in sequences of images that are more factual, with the insertion of dates and places, distances and durations. These images can be seen as aesthetic attestations, or as unusual, sensorial complexes of rhythmic qualities. At the same time, they comprise a distinctive repository of subjective experience. As Eric Bourret himself says: "I'm made up of the landscapes I traverse, and which also traverse me. I see photographic images as receptacles of form, energy and sense."

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Joburg ArtFair 2016
Contemporary African Art
Sandton Convention Centre
161 Maude St, Sandton, Johannesburg, 2196, South Africa