Publication de la série "Discriminations" dans L'Œil de la Photographie (USA)
The Existential Prisons of Pierre Leblanc
Le 116, a contemporary art center based in Montreuil, welcomes Belgian photographer Pierre Leblanc’s exhibition "Discriminations". This series portrays individuals in cells which incarnate the twenty discriminations* prohibited by law, ranging from sexual orientation, health, and even to handicaps. The images are on view through April 16th.
Pierre Leblanc offers, with a razor-sharp acuteness, a new series of his photographic vision of the human comedy. Assisted by his head cameraman David Le Mevel, he perpetuates his vigorous, satyric and poetic gesture of dead weight.
Here, in the narrow, deleterious and suffocating space of a prison which metamorphosizes existential isolation cells (physical, psychological, or mental), he returns with a fierce, tender, virulent and despairing production of all these kinds of traps that ensnare and incarcerate man. He tirelessly pursues this sort of x-ray of the species. One feels like Leblanc is a cinematic professional. The look that he offers, to increase the violent sharpness created by the work of art, is a stationary moment treated with a confidant virtuosity: breathtaking lighting, polished composition and staging, expressive acting, magnificent color palette, and acute sense of atmosphere.
- Denys-Louis Colaux (Excerpt)