2017

ADRIEN BASSE-CATHALINAT

HORS LES MURS #1

HORS LES MURS #1 «TRAVERSÉE SAUVAGE»

Shared between nature and industries, the commune of Castelnau d’Estrétefonds has been undergoing in deep change for a decade, as has its population, which has become both rural and urban. 

During this subjective landscape, sensations of wildlife remained omnipresent, as evidenced by the numerous animal sightings and traces that marked my journey, despite the proximity of industrial infrastructures and the inherent intense activity. Therefore, I decided, not to adopt human vision due to my condition as a photographer, but to observe the landscape changes from an animal position. Thus, that change of frame of reference questions the viewer on the vision man can have of his story, calling into question the very notion of identity and belonging. From the preserved spaces of nature, human traces left in its environment as many crossings of this landscape. I strived to look for geometrical shapes that are almost non-existent in the natural state, these shapes becoming the signature of human passage and activity. For this photographic residency, I chose the polaroid using the emulsion transfer technique, moving from a stage of destructing the image to a plastic reassembly of panoramas. The result corresponds to the precarious feeling of the transitional state in which this territory is found, the use of black and white reinforcing the animal, wild and raw vision of the natural observer. 

The Résidence 1+2 Hors les murs #1 was created in partnership with “Le Capech a la Cote” association with the support of the Castelanu d’Estrétefond City Council and The Impossible Project. 

ADRIEN BASSE CATHALINAT: Born in Pau in 1989, he is postgraduate in 2013 of the photographic school Studio M, Montpellier. For several years, he has been developing a personal photographic approach on the themes of environment and more particularly on the Pyrenean massif. Sensitive to 

the physical aspects of the photographic aid, he has multiplied the means of expression by associating exhibitions, creation and mediation residencies, publishing of photographs and texts, and sound works. Adrien Basse Cathalinat currently lives between Toulouse and Béarn. 

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