Have you ever been to a photography exhibition where the photos were not hanging on the walls? We were and it has made 2 dimensional photography permanently boring.
A creative collaboration across four creative domains: This month’s show at La Maison Europeene de la Photographie entitled Etres Interdimensionnels, features a collaboration between a photographer, a dancer, a singer and a philosopher with a very particular eye.
Dominique Quessada is a celebrated writer and philosopher, best known for his books L’esclave maitre and Le dos du collectionneur. He’s also a double agent. How so? In that he also works in advertising and these aforementioned books… they’re all about the philosophy against commercialism.
The photographer is Phillippe Cometti, who is known for his inclination towards the fashion industry–particularly his series of photographs of Yves Saint Laurent–and his striking, time-freezing portraits.
The two Creatives took portraits of legendary dancer Carolyn Carlson and composer+singer Barbara Hannigan in stunning, movement centric shots–notably, the same photographs taken from several different angles– and mounted them together to create 3 dimensional sculptures using 2 dimensional photographic plains.
Quessada and Commetti have shattered the archetype of the photograph by showing that the characteristics of volume and dimensionality that have come to define the medium, need not be exclusive from one another.
They have not simply shown how to shake up… or rather shatter… the paradigm of the photography exhibition, but that the seemingly exclusive traits of one creative medium are in fact much more flexible than we could have ever imagined.
Sculptures that embody flatness…
Photographs taken through a two dimensional lens and rendered into the three dimensional…
Were Dominique Quessada’s philosophical approach to be applied to other creative disciplines, one can only imagine the doors that could be opened…. what would happen if we allowed the characteristics of different mediums to flow through one another and merge together.