Galerie Simon Blais is pleased to announce the addition of Yann Pocreau to the roster of artists it represents. To mark the beginning of this new collaboration and give a taste of what this photographer has already accomplished, the gallery is presenting a selection of the works he produced between 2007 and 2009.
Yann Pocreau’s photographic practice is essentially directed by a shared primacy, and intimate association, of subject and place. Through various physical interventions, this artist wishes to develop an empathetic relationship with a particular space with the idea of revealing something of its invisible history and context. His photographs therefore reflect a growing interest in the possible and impossible connections between the condition of a particular body and a particular place. This choice, long driven by the narrative, historical, political or simply photographic potential of a given location, now appears much more informed and deliberate, guided not by what might potentially be said, but where it comes from: the context. He therefore attempts to make contact with that context, to reveal it by means of different strategies in terms of form and staging. Natural light counts for a great deal in this. Ubiquitous in his work, it is used to bring settings to life, emphasizing certain details or exalting the surfaces of walls or his body, a guide that body must follow to divide space, to yield to it in order to adapt to and understand it.