Acquisition by the Centre national des arts plastiques

Noir in the French national contemporary art collection

April 2021

Following the Acquisition and Commission Committee meeting, held by the College of Photography and Moving Images of the The Centre national des arts plastiques, the photographic series Noir enters its entirety in the French national contemporary art collection, known as The Fonds national d’art contemporain.

About Noir

Noir is an important work in my career. It is a photographic performance that raises the question of confinement and a possible liberation through the photographic gesture. In its eight black and white photos in square format, we can see my body imprisoned in a white bag from which only my hand escapes to activate, with a flexible trigger, the shot. In a time when confinement, remoteness, deprivation of freedom, restriction of movement and invisibility mark more than ever our daily lives, this series resonates strongly.

Created in 2013, Noir was presented in its entirety in the exhibition Ici, Ailleurs at the Friche la Belle de Mai in Marseille. Several photographs from the series are in private and institutional collections. Four of them have entered the collection of the Zeitz Mocaa Museum in South Africa. Along with other photographs from the series Nobody will talk about us, they were the subject of a solo exhibition, Off-The-Air, at the Zeitz Mocaa Museum in 2017.