After studying at the École Nationale de la Photographie (National School for Photography) in Arles, this French photographer met with success with his "drawn" black and white portraits published in many magazines. Nowadays his work focuses on locales and landscapes that sit in between nature and territories. This si the first time Pierre Even has an exhibition at Le Consortium.
This work arose from various interests, having appeared gradually and which gathered together over time.
This exhibition and the book published simultaneously by KEHRER are the result of this sedimentation. First for photography, a particular medium because «pre-thought» by the fact that it is customary to call it the «real». Then from a field of investigation: «Landscape» which is one of emblematic grounds of its history, between objectivity and romanticism, critical distance and empathy. Then for places between nature and territories, produced by a sinuous process, beginning with a childhood in
the 70s marked by a politicized period and an abstract affection for the history of South America, and also its esthetics. The discovery later of American and Mexican photography from the 1930s on. A form of realistic literature, places and an attraction for Spain, for lands discovered during the holidays, beautiful, deserted and austere, next to obscene tourism, the schizophrenia of a period which has lost its marks and which can give a particular empathy for rather «underprivileged» places.
The more and more fictionalized contemporary cities sometimes give the «earth» a feeling of possibilities, a feeling of existence.
It is this feeling of possibilities that this work explores.
—Pierre Even, septembre 2014