Personne ne croit que je suis vivant
Exhibition: – 6 Sep 2015
CNA Centre national de l'audiovisuel
1b, rue du Centenaire
"Nobody believes that I’m alive"
25 April – 6 September, 2015
In this work, Alexandra Catiere confronts absence, a presence that can no longer be, in a state of instability where different times overlap, merge and interweave.Her photographs are devoid of present. They invite us to distance ourselves from our everyday, which has suddenly become too trivial and too predictable. Suddenly, that which lies beyond our certainties, compounded day after day in our worlds so neatly arranged, takes on the face of a humanity that is disturbing, because repressed.
Day after day "we go upon our way" so as to not allow ourselves to be "corrupted" by what lies beyond our comprehension. Until chance, fate, or the impromptu steps forth to pull the rug from under our elaborate machinations. Then our eyes can once more glimpse the complexity, precariousness and fragility of that which lends us our existence. The strength of Alexandra Catiere’s work is that it brings us face to face with ourselves, with the other, in an alterity that is neither obliging nor peremptory. She entrusts her seeing to us, like an invitation to no longer avert our gaze.
Alexandra Catiere was born in Minsk, now Belorussia, in 1978. In 2000, she moved to Moscow and began to take an interest in photography. In 2003 she went to New York to study at the International Center of Photography (ICP). In 2005, she joined the studio of Irving Penn. She moved to Paris in 2008. In 2011, after a residence at the Centre d’art de GwinZegal in Guingamp, she was the prize-winner of the first edition of the BMW residency at the Nicéphore Niépce Museum in Chalon-sur-Saône and exhibited at the Rencontres internationales de la Photographie d’Arles.
Exhibition presented in collaboration with GwinZegal in the framework of the European Month of Photography 2015.