Eyes, Fish, 2023
For the last five decades, the plastic artist Bertrand Gadenne has explored photography in various forms, especially projection, in his creations. Inspired by our natural environment, his work invites us to reconsider our relationship with the world.
Bertrand Gadenne has used video projection to explore this phenomenon of apparitions in public places since 1990. His “intrusive” installations of animated images are custom designed to fit each location and its architecture in order to transform them into nocturnal theatres for the fantastical and the unfamiliar. The Institut’s main courtyard comes to life: as a building looks on, the façade of the historic mansion transforms into an aquarium. While these works serve to bring the animal world into urban spaces, their ambivalence invites reflection: no longer mere observers, we are also observed in return.