Clément Paradis

photo/graphy

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CLEMENT PARADIS

Born in 1983. Founder of Timeshow Press. Photographer and writer by night, book designer and teacher by day (sometimes I switch). Also translator for Stanley Greene, Anders Petersen & Max Pam.

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La catastrophe prend son destin en main
We are part of the first civilisation which is not immersed in its time and art, and which likes to travel through different histories and aesthetics. It's a world of désœuvrement, of "inoperativity", as Agamben puts it. So I use photography as it is: a medium for a time which refuses to be itself, which escapes in the labyrinth of senses and symbols in order to elude what it is. And it's okay, I'm like that too.

You can say that I've taken residence in the proverbial Grand Hotel Abyss. And this is probably where it all starts, on the edge of nothingness. Facing the big flux of images. Because photography can get you everything, and spark infinite combinations. But this infinity often leads to a void, and the everything I have is often close to nothing. This is why I continue to take photographs, and organize them in books acting as little worlds. Photography, in Occident, is total aesthetics: if you keep on practicing it, you slowly descend to the core of the present humanity, where everything keeps on connecting and disconnecting simultaneously. In Japan, photography may be total art: it catalyses forces to renew the visions of the world. I have the chance to be able to act in both worlds.

Through this proverbial spectacle we live in, I try to use photography as a big equalizer, a means to negociate with the environment and question this "soft world" we built. It's a fragile equilibrium I observe: in order not to disappear, we have now to let the world go through us, in photography - I think it's a painful but seductive process. My first monograph was published in 2014 - title: Sound of Midnight. It was just the beginning!

Selected exhibitions:

2017

« DUST », Voies Off, Arles, France

« Black Liquor, Night Color », Gallery Niépce, Tokyo, Japan (exhibition w/ Maki)

« Disparition », ENSASE, Saint-Etienne, France (exhibition w/ Jordi Ballesta & Kevin Boudot)

2016

« Alcool noir », UHH Fest. 7, Saint-Etienne, France (exhibition + street exhibition w/ Royx)

« Photobooks Market », Encontros da Imagem 2016, Braga, Portugal (photobook)

« Zines of the Zone », exposition itinérante, France (photobook)

« The Photobook Exhibition », Benaki Museum, Athènes, Grèce (photobook)

« 1 min 1 artist », Cinémas Méliès, Saint-Etienne, France (projection)

« Lequel tu préfères ? » by Jacques Barry, Galerie l'Antilope, Lyon, France (as a curator)

2015

« La Fototeca's Photo Book exhibition », La Fototeca, Guatemala City, Guatemala (photobook)

« The Photobook Exhibition », Benaki Museum, Athènes, Grèce (photobook)

« Phosphènes », Voies Off, Arles, France

« FORMULES », Société Stéphanoise d'Enchères, Saint-Etienne, France (artist's book)

2014

« H Book Show », Doomed Gallery, Dalston, Londres, Royaume-Uni (photobook)

« Photobooks Market », Encontros da Imagem 2014, Braga, Portugal (photobook)

« Timeshow 5 », Photobook Shop, Arles, France (as a curator)

« Zines of the Zone », exposition itinérante, France (photobook)

2013

« Espace Vacant » by Jacques Barry, Galerie La Niche, Paris, France (as a curator)

« Espace Vacant » by Jacques Barry, Galerie Philippe Durand, Saint-Etienne, France (as a curator)

2012

« Le Rouge & le Noir », La Réserve, Saint-Etienne, France

2011

« L’Architecture d’une mémoire », ENSASE, Saint-Etienne, France


Awards:

Fedrigoni Awards finalist 2016 (for 春爛漫 Haru Ranman)

Cosmos Arles PDF award Finalist 2016 (for Killjoy - Gâche Noël)

Cosmos Arles PDF award Finalist 2015 (for Video Waffles - Anamnog)