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Jacques Damez

Born in 1959 - France

BIOGRAPHY

Jacques Damez was born in 1959. He learned to read with the whole language method, which encouraged his dyslexia and naturally oriented him towards pictures. Photography soon became his second mother tongue. In the early 1980s, having found few fellow-speakers, he opened a gallery with Catherine Dérioz, to promote and reflect on this particular means of capturing reality. Twenty-five years later, things are still going strong: he's still a photographer, still a gallery owner, still with Catherine.

He made the most of this period by working to forge links between his two languages, with an essay on the importance of photography in the work of Hans Hartung entitled Hans Hartung photographe, la légende d’une œuvre, which started out as a diploma at the EHESS (2001). Several books of photographs have been published along the way: Contraintes par corps, La 25ème heure, l’autoportrait inaccessible, Paysages au vent d’Autan, Vues de l’esprit, Jardin en coulisse, Lyon La Confluence-Mémoires en mutation (3books) andTombée des nues. These record his projects, progressions and reflections… interspersed with moments of silence. To give this underlying quiescence a certain solidity, he constructed plenty of walls, floors and ceilings, thereby thinking with his hands.

These manual experiences led him to rediscover tactile, physical sensations, which in turn helped him to understand space. His interest in building naturally led him to photograph the Cité Internationale, designed by Renzo Piano, within the framework of an open commission. He is currently involved in a highly unusual urbanistic venture: the ""Confluence de Lyon"", for which he is working on a photographic, videographic and sociological project in the framework of a three-year carte blanche program.

He keeps his sense of smell alive by plunging his nose into the earth, his sense of touch by rubbing his hands on the bark of trees, his sense of sight by gazing into the infinity of a horizon… and then he can go back to the city, to his books.

In the course of his life, he has taken part in a great many exhibitions and continues to do so, but he has no memory for names, and there's something sad about lists. In conclusion, there are people who collect his photographs, others who look at them, and others who help him to live just by being there. Basically, he takes photographs because photography is one of his greatest pleasures… and he is sure that nothing matters more than that.

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EXHIBITIONS

SELECTED SOLO SHOWS

2014
"Entre[z] libre !", Galerie Le Réverbère, Lyon (France)

2012
"Champ contre champ à la rose des vents", Lux Valence (France)

2009
"Mémoires en Mutation", Archives Municipales de Lyon (France)

2007
"Tombée des nues…", Photofolies, Ancienne Chambre de commerce, Rodez (France)
"La couleur du noir et blanc", Galerie Le Réverbère, Lyon (France)
"Tombée des nues…", Forum expo de Bonlieu, Artothèque, Annecy (France)
"La Confluence, mémoires d’une mutation", Maison de La Confluence, Lyon (France)
"Tombée des nues…", Musée Géo-Charles, Échirolles (France)

2002
"Tombée des nues...", Galerie de Buck, Gand (Belgium)

2001
"Tombée des nues...", Galerie Le Réverbère, Lyon (France)

1999
"Vues de l'esprit", Cloître Saint Trophime, Rencontres Internationales de la Photo, Arles (France)

1997
"Vues de l'esprit", Palais de la Bourse, Biennale d'Art Contemporain, Lyon (France)

1993
"La 25e heure : l'autoportrait inaccessible et Paysage au vent d'Autan", L'Embarcadère, Lyon (France)

1992
"Paysage au vent d'Autan", Eglise des Jacobins, Agen (France)
"Paysage au vent d'Autan", Musée lapidaire, Arrêt sur images, Lectoure (France)

1990
"La 25e heure : l'autoportrait inaccessible", ville de Vierzon (France)
"Jacques Damez: 1980-1990", C.D.C La Sellerie, Aurillac (France)

1989
"Contraintes par corps", Bibliothèque Municipale d'Etude et d'Information, Grenoble (France)
"Contraintes par corps", Musée Nicéphore Niépce, Chalon-sur-Saône (France)

1988
"Contraintes par corps", Auditorium Maurice Ravel, dans le cadre de "Octobre des Arts 88" avec la Fondation Nationale de la Photographie, Lyon (France)
"Contraintes par corps", palais de Sastago, Saragosse (Spain)
Institut d'études françaises, Ankara, (Turkey)
Faculté des Beaux Arts, Istanbul (Turkey)
"Contraintes par corps", MJC Novel, Annecy (France)

1987
"Contraintes par corps", Ville de Vierzon (France)
"Contraintes par corps", Musée de Nemours (France)

1986
Commande sur le thème Espace et Architecture, mois pour la photographie, ville de Vierzon (France)

1985
"Galerie de prêt", 6e Journée Internationale de la Photographie, Montpellier (France)

1984
Galerie Canon, Paris (France)

SELECTED GROUP SHOWS

2013
"La rivière et le fleuve", Musées Gadagne, Lyon (France)
"Désir de collection", Galerie Le Réverbère, Lyon (France)
"Point de repère", Musée Paul Dini, Villefranche-sur-Saône (France)

2012
"Sortie de Réserve(s)", Galerie Le Réverbère, Lyon (France)

2011
"Paysage au vent d’autan", Centre de photographie de Lectoure (France)
"Lyon Confluence, Laboratoire de Renaissance", Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine, Paris (France)

2010
PARIS PHOTO, Carrousel du Louvre, Stand galerie Le Réverbère, Paris (France)

2009
"Chroniques Photographiques", oeuvres des collections de l?IAC et du Musée d?Art moderne de
Saint-Etienne, Institut français, Barcelona (Spain)

2008
Carte blanche à la galerie Le Réverbère. Boffi, Lyon (France)
"Supervues 008", Hôtel Burrhus, Vaison la Romaine, France

2007
"50 artistes de Rhône-Alpes", Musée Dini, Villefranche-sur-Saône (France)
PARIS PHOTO, Carrousel du Louvre, Stand galerie Le Réverbère, Paris (France)
"La photographie n’a rien à voir", en résonance avec la Biennale d’art contemporain de Lyon, Bibliothèque Municipale, Lyon (France)

2006
"Fot-o-graphie"s, Imprimerie Fot, Pusignan (France)
"25 ans, noces d’argent !", Galerie Le Réverbère, Lyon (France)

2005
"Le temps d’une photo", collections IAC-FRAC Rhône-Alpes, Privas (France)
"La photographie à l’épreuve", collections IAC-FRAC Rhône-Alpes, Institut d’Art Contemporain, Villeurbanne (France)

2004
"Moi, autoportraits du XXe siècle", Galerie des Offices, Florence (Italy)
"Moi, autoportraits du XXe siècle", Musée du Luxembourg, Paris (France)
"Des mondes singulier(s)", Délégation parisienne du Grand Lyon, Paris (France)

2003
"Mises à vue", Musée Géo-Charles, Echirolles (France)
"Prises de Tête", Espace Peiresc, Toulon (France)

2002
FIAC, Stand galerie Le Réverbère , Paris (France)

2001
"Jacques-désirs de photographies", Meyrin (Switzerland)
"Douze photographes et le sacré", MAPRA, Lyon (France)

2000
PARIS PHOTO, Carrousel du Louvre, Paris, Stand galerie Le Réverbère (France)

1999
FIAC, Stand galerie Le Réverbère , Paris (France)

1998
"Instants paysagers", CAUE, Sceaux (France)

1996
Musée d'art contemporain, Lyon (France)

1995
"Points de vue : Acte I", Galerie Le Réverbère, Lyon (France)

1994
"Avant première", exposition du FRAC Rhône-Alpes, ELAC, Lyon (France)

1993
"Here's looking at me - A mes beaux yeux", autoportraits contemporains, ELAC, Lyon (France)

1991
"Subtransalpina", Forte di Bard, Aoste (Italy)
"Salon Découvertes 91", Grand Palais, Paris (France)
"Derrière l'usine à gaz (1)", Musée Saint-Jacques, Béziers (France)

1990
"Trois photographes de Lyon : Adilon, Bonzon, Damez", Stadtgalerie, Esslingen (RFA)

1989
"Le sujet comme prétexte : la femme s'image", 3e biennale Photographies Annecy (France)

1988
"Le sujet comme prétexte : la femme s'image", 7èmes Rencontres photographiques de Bretagne, Lorient (France)
"Le corps en mouvement", Office culturel, Tarare (France)

1987
"De la photo comme peinture", Centre culturel Théo Argence, Saint-Priest (France)

1986
Foire internationale d'art contemporain, Expo-Arte, Bari (Italy)
"Points de fuite", Centre d'art contemporain, Bruxelles, (Belgium)

1985
"Mise en scène, mise en photographie", Cloître St André le Bas, Vienne (France)
"Les ruines de l'esprit", groupe Géant, Bibliothèque inter-universitaire, Toulouse (France)
"Un mois pour la photographie", spectacle audio-visuel avec le workshop, Annecy (France)

1984
"Le vivant et l'artificiel",Festival d'Avignon (France)

1982
"Lyon vu par...", Fondation Nationale de la Photographie, Lyon (France)

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