a solo show by Mark Geffriaud
from September 5 to November 4, 2015
We owe to Édouard-Alfred Martel the invention of speleology he founded by exploring underground galleries and terrestrial cavities, such as the door of Mycenae in Montpellier-le-Vieux, a stone arch he photographed in 1883. Mark Geffriaud went to the same location this summer to find the exact point of view of Martel. Then, he moved his camera 6.5 centimeters and photographed the arch. The resulting image is placed beside Martel’s in a stereoscope, an apparatus that gives photography the depth it lacks by allowing the viewer to watch simultaneously two images 6.5 centimeters away from one another, the average gap between two human eyes. Thus, with Grand-bi, Mark Geffriaud shows the door of Mycenae while bringing together two photographs separated by 132 years. This view of Mycenae door is double for technical reasons but also because it superimposes two gazes. This type of union is recurrent in Geffriaud’s work for whom interbreeding two ideas, two interpretations or two gazes is fundamental.
Mark Geffriaud underlines the necessary distance for informations to cross, rearrange, substitute one to another and, indeed, transform. Whenever one combines two gazes in one vision or two memory segments, a superimposition always occurs which, because it is double, creates a confusion as well as it suggests a new direction. This editing plays with fragmentation. Perceptions snatches are taken from their contexts to be rearranged in a new synthesis. If the resulting worldviews are puzzling, it is because they have nothing to do with the rational observation at their origin.
For these reasons Mark Geffriaud is interested in the scientific observation instruments, which he uses as a technical and formal vocabulary. Thus, the shifts he makes allow him to explore the additions and losses that occur when a story is drawn out of context. The elements he borrows from science or history are always on a fragmented mode. This, because it is not a question of submitting his researches to the objectivity these fields require, but rather to move them towards exogeneous territories.
François Aubart (extract)