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Caroline Lazaro Fenêtre sur le passé, 2020

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About the work
  • Medium

    Photography : color edition

  • Dimensions cm | inch

    59.1 x 49.6 inch

  • Support

    Photography on Dibond

  • Framing

    Black wood frame

  • Artwork dimensions including frame

    60.6 x 51.2 inch

  • Type

    Numbered and limited to 6 copies
    1 remaining copy

  • Authenticity

    Work sold with an invoice from the gallery
    and a certificate of authenticity

  • Signature

    Signed artwork

  • About the artwork

    Artwork sold in perfect condition

    In this work, the chiaroscuro composition and the central staircase evoke at first glance the interiors of Baroque painting and more particularly Rembrandt's The Philosopher in Meditation. The double frame of the composition (outer frame / door frame), transforms the space of this corridor into a real window on a bygone and crumbling world. Despite this feeling of evanescence, however, we are hopelessly drawn into the center of the image.

    Two choices are then available to us. Entering this window from the left, we keep our feet on the ground and abandon any quest towards the unknown to come and rest in the hollow of an armchair that offers us the promise of assured comfort. This armchair which itself comes to signify the presence as much as the absence of man. The one we guess to have lived in this place and which at the same time leaves a trace of life now replaced by nature, rust and insects. Conversely, yielding to the spiraling perspective created by the line of the staircase we rush onto the steps.

    Advancing step by step, we then move towards that light which exhorts us and draws us upwards, yielding to the desire to explore the upper floors where the curious soul can ascend to discover the beauty and mystery of unsuspected. Mirror of free will, this Window on the past is thus transformed into a window on our inner being, our desires and our desires, a window on our heart.
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Caroline Lazaro

France Born in: 1980

Born in 1980 in Charenton le Pont (Val-de-Marne), Caroline Lazaroo graduated from ESRA (École Supérieure de Réalisation Audiovisuelle) in 2001 after three years of training.

It was during his studies that, in 1999, his career as a professional cameraman began on the reports intended for the television program Rive gauche / Rive Gauche by Thierry Ardisson. She continues this career until today, participating in the making of numerous documentaries, clips or television magazines. Fan of cinema (Scorsese, Tarantino, but also Godard, Truffaut or Sacha Guitry) she develops, in particular thanks to the appearance of digital SLR cameras, new forms of shots by using photo optics to play on the blur of backgrounds or depths of field and give a "cinematographic" aspect to his reports. This evolution of his professional practice is accompanied by an increasingly marked desire to go beyond the "raw" dimension of the rushes of his video shots by turning to photography in order to capture the "essence" of the image in a new "fixed" but "elaborate" dimension.

In 2017, after having taken several series of photographs in the context of abandoned places, she began to develop a passion for URBEX (abbreviation of the English term urban exploration - urban exploration), a practice consisting of visiting places built and then abandoned by the man. To better capture the "end of the world" dimension of these spaces abandoned by man, Caroline Lazaroo chooses to give her photos an aspect close to drawing to go beyond the appearance of "discharge" which resides in the raw photos of these places. neglected. His work always follows the same process: the shooting is done with a long exposure time, in daylight, with an entry of light likely to allow to play on the shadow / light contrasts and to give relief to the elements which compose it. No artificial filter is added to it. Then begins a long process of digital retouching of the image with the help of meticulous work aimed at accentuating the "defects" of the material to achieve aestheticization of the "destroyed", "apocalyptic" side of the place. The final rendering is then fascinating as well as astonishing because, as she likes to say, "the much reworked photo looks curiously more like what I saw on the spot than the" Raw "snapshot of the shooting".

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