1 / 5       Thierry Bouët, High-wing airplane, Private Affairs series. € 32,000, Sartrouville Price: make an offer. Phone calls only. Pierre, a precision mechanics technician with a vocational certificate as a lathe operator, spent 12 years building his own airplane, which he flew a total of 60 hours. Starting out with a wad of paper and no screws, this model was designed for scrubland. It is the only one of its kind to fly. Thanks to its lower hold, it can be used for parachute jumps. Pierre is selling it because of new EU regulations. His basic license, which allowed him to fly within a 30-kilometre radius, is no longer recognised. He now gives himself four years to build an ultra-light aircraft. Courtesy of the artist. © Rencontres Arles.

2 / 5       Thierry Bouët, Pair of skis, Private Affairs series. € 40, Paris. For sale: pair of 1950s-1960s skis + poles. Good condition, ideal for decoration. Carl is a photographer who bought skis with the idea of making a series of images for a mountain hotel. The client had planned to hang pictures in every room, but the cost of refurbishment drained his coffers and he gave up the idea of an ambitious photo collection. Carl found himself with a useless pair of skis on his hands and tried to sell them, hoping to make a few euros profit for his trouble. Courtesy of the artist. © Rencontres Arles.

3 / 5       During the visit to the exhibition Personal Affairs by Thierry Bouët. © Stefania Biamonti/FPmag.

4 / 5       During the visit to the exhibition Personal Affairs by Thierry Bouët. © Stefania Biamonti/FPmag.

5 / 5       During the visit to the exhibition Personal Affairs by Thierry Bouët. © Stefania Biamonti/FPmag.

Personal Affairs

Ironic and amusing the path of Thierry Bouët with extreme politeness, he explores the world of negotiations between private parties, unearthing very out of the ordinary cases and situations.
The work is structured around the re-proposals in the captions of the reasons for which the person has decided to sell a particular object, while the image differs widely from the scheme of the sales advertisements between private individuals that might be expected in such a context to take on, on average a bit of a destabilising and surreal flavour. It is the contrast between the rational aspect that leads to the sale and the representation of the object and its owner forms an explosive dissonance that makes it a particularly attractive work. To reinforce things further the careful choice of the situations made by the author, often to the point of being paradoxical. Emblematic in this regard the case – also mentioned by Sam Stourdzé during the press conference of presentation of the Rencontres 2015 – of Pierre, a former precision mechanic that, in twelve years, has built an aircraft with his hands. After just about sixty hours of flight is forced to dispose of his child because of new EU rules that no longer recognise the validity of his basic pilot’s licence, which allowed him to fly in a radius of thirty kilometres. The image shows Pierre towing his plane in a green field. But it could also mention the couple selling a folding caravan or the photographer who wanders the streets with a pair of skis from the fifties/sixties bought to do a photographic feature for a hotel that then refused the estimate making the purchase unnecessary.
Generally speaking, it is the process of decontextualisation, at the level of both mere representation, and of the structure of the message with respect to the objectives, and tends to make comic scenes proposed by Bouët with great technical skill and creative intelligence unreal. I highly recommend this exhibition to those who have the opportunity to take a trip to Arles.
In addition to photography, during the Nuit de l'Année videos by Bouët were also screened, in which, the surreal effect was diluted by the movement of the subjects and the effect more realistic compared to the content of the advertisements. [ S. I. ]

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by Thierry Bouët
Parc des Ateliers - Grand Halle | until September 20th, 2015
admission fee: 25,00 € (Pass Atelier)

published on 2015-07-29 in NEWS / EXHIBITIONS



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