The opening of the exhibition will be on Friday 22 at 5.30 pm.
You can collect invitations at the Alliance Française.
Date: 22 January 2010 – 7 February 2010
49, Manikyavelu Mansion
“Olivier Culmann photographs people watching TV. And their TV sets. The
viewers’eyes are glued to the screen, hypnotized by the images that flicker by. Olivier
Culmann captures that instant during which attention subsides and consciousness
slumbers, rocked to sleep by the phosphorescence of the cathode ray tubes. At that
instant, their bodies often become comfortable, they curl up on the couch and then
collapse. Nothing could be more banal. And nothing more unsettling. Because that is
how, in quasi immobile passivity, when the brain has gone numb, that we television
viewers receive the world in its entirety. Not the real world, but an image of that
world, a ghostly version of reality. The news, comedy series, broadcasts from the
other ends of the planet, or from just downstairs, are plopped down before our
anaesthetized eyes. Their impact is enormous. During that time during which
existence is deadened, that may last a few minutes or several hours, our ideas about
others evolve and are transformed. Our preconceptions collapse and others replace
them, inexorably. Morocco, India, the United States, Mexico, Nigeria, United
Kingdom, China, France : TV viewers in those countries receive news about each
other without ever meeting. As they sit in front of the TV set, we get the feeling we
know them. Looking at them, Olivier Culmann is looking at us.”
Cécile Cazenave, journalist.
Olivier Culmann in few words
Photographer since 1992, Olivier Culmann is a member of Tendance Floue
photographers’ collective. He works mainly for the press and is author of several
books including « Les mondes de l’école » (“Worlds of the school”, Marval
Editions), a work about the school in the world, created between 1993 and 1999 in
collaboration with photographer Mat Jacob. He regularly exhibit throughout the world
and has received several distinctions notably the Villa Médicis Hors les Murs, the
Price SCAM Roger Pic, the Fujifilm European Award, as well as a World Press Photo
Award in 2008. Since some years he has frequently conducted training courses of
photography in various countries. Between 2004 and 2006, he lived in Morocco, in
India (Kerala) and in the United States where he produced out the « Télé-Viewers ».
He is settled in New Delhi with his family since September 2009.
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