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Dove Allouche: AgBr

Solo presentation, Maratier Prize
Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaïsme, Paris
September 8, 2022 - April 23, 2023

For the past twenty years, Dove Allouche has been developing a body of work in which drawing and photography act as a revelator. “My approach is that of a presbyope, he explains. I would like to reveal what is too close to our sight to be seen, what is here, right next to us, but through which we look to see something else. To seize the invisibility of what is too visible as Michel Foucault would say.”

Invited by the mahJ, Dove Allouche looked at the museum’s collections and stopped on a photograph by Felix Bonfils (1831-1885), one of the first pictures of the Dead Sea. Using samples taken from the image and enlarged with a microscope, the artist highlights the link between the Dead Sea and the medium of its representation: salt. The title of the work, AgBr, refers to silver bromide, a salt that darkens when exposed to light, which is the origin of photography. In nine images, AgBr proposes a poetic connection between Yām HaMélah (the salty sea), and the chemistry of the photographic image by revealing the salt that composes it at a scale imperceptible to the eye.

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