• Maurice COUSSIRAT

EX-SITU


Pictures from the series “Ex-Situ or A Little History of the Arts” are photographs of works I created while in residence, in France or abroad, each of them dedicated to an artist or author.

I’m finally not sure that the previous sentence is quite accurate.
Is it, maybe, some artist’s fiction, a look at the landscape under influence, a step backwards from that of Land-Art?
I leave you judge of my possible confusion, but…
“Every photograph is a fiction that claims to be true”(Fontcuberta, Le baiser de Judas – Photographie et vérité, Arles Actes Sud 2005).

Maurice COUSSIRAT

Maurice Coussirat, born in 1950, is an artist photographer living in Bègles.
Parallel to activities related to photographic and video orders, he taught Photography and Documentary movies at Fine Art and Design High School in St-Etienne (ESADSE) from 1982 to 2014, and collaborated to the creation of his research lab IRD (Images-Récits-Documents).

His works elaborates over two approaches. The first one follows rabbit trails, mises en scène, understated or claimed digital effects, visual pitfalls, gaze relocation. The real topic is Photography and traps of the gaze. The second one, more documentary, focuses on cities, from megalopolis to small towns which undergo restructuring, revamping, metropolisation like some “archeology of the present”, sensitive shapes of the urban spaces.

He has exhibited in France (Lyon, St-Etienne, Strasbourg, Bordeaux and its district) and abroad (Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius, Barcelona).