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Le Chant du Cygne, Nuit d’encre., 2017

Andréa Olga Mantovani

Photography : archival pigment print 13 x 15.7 x 0 inch


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Andréa Olga Mantovani, Le Chant du Cygne, Nuit d’encre.

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Ink Night, Swan Song Series, 2017 Pigment print on Rag matte 310 gm paper. Aluminium laminate. Black American box. Size of the print: 25 x 30 cm Numbered print : 2/7 signed on the back "Enter the forest... Somewhere far from the tumult of men, in the plains of eastern Poland, it embraces with its eyes the borders of Belarus. Enter the largest and oldest forest in Europe, cut off from time, a mysterious, magical and fascinating space that the fury of men and their modern spells had so far spared. We are at the beginning of the year 2017 and it shudders. For a few weeks, it has been the scene of the most important environmental conflict in Europe. Places that were once protected by Polish law, by the European Union and by UNESCO are threatened with destruction. On my right, the Ministry of the Environment, which is leading a massive deforestation campaign citing the explosion of the spruce bark beetle and its possible ravages on a large part of the territory. To my left, the environmentalists who fear the inevitable loss of the natural character that has been expressed here for thousands of years. Nevertheless, the charges are more complicated than they seem. In the heart of this "last primary forest" two visions of the world are opposed: that of the former communist countries, traditional, conservative and that of the liberal democracy, citizen, ecological and hyperconnected. Enter the forest, breathe in its singular beauty, feel its strength and fragility. You will find there, I hope, as I found it in the bend of its majestic meanders and in contact with the heterogeneous humanity that inhabits it, the essential questions on this ambivalent link between man and nature, on the meaning of the word disobedience. Questions and perhaps some premise of answers.
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Atelier/Galerie Taylor • Paris, France

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Photography: archival pigment print
Dimensions cm inch
13 x 15.7 x 0 inch
Black oak floater frame
Artwork dimensions including frame
15 x 17.7 x 2 inch
Numbered and limited to 7 copies
1 copy available
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Andréa Olga Mantovani

Andréa Olga Mantovani

France • Born in: 1985

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French artists

A geographer by training, Andrea Olga Mantovani (born in 1985, lives and works in Paris) worked for 6 years in Europe on environmental and social issues. Seeing in the image an indispensable instrument of testimony, she devoted herself to photography professionally in 2015 and then joined the Hans Lucas studio. She has since devoted herself to long-term projects alternating between commissioned work for the New York Times and personal projects.

His personal work today focuses on the protection of natural forests in Eastern Europe, using photography as a militant artistic act. In her approach, the photographer alternates landscape images celebrating the strength and beauty of an unchanging nature and more allegorical photographs. It refers to the complexity of the environmental crisis and metaphorically evokes certain aspects of the environmental challenges of our society.

She is the winner of the Emerging Talent Prize of the Festival de la Gacilly 2018, the Obs Prize "Les Femmes S'Exposent" and the Focale Prize for her work on the Bialowieza forest. She opens a new photographic opus in the forest massif of the Carpathians in Ukraine, in the grip of deforestation, with the support of the National Commission of Plastic Arts.

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