LE BARON CHÉPER
by Nicolas Auderau (EN)
Nicolò Degiorgis’s (1985) photographic surveys bear witness to social phenomena. Using the image as a vector and the book as a form - the book becomes an object, unfolding and developing into a potential exhibition – his work allows us to enter uninhabited, neglected spaces that nevertheless reflect the collective uses of the city.
The exhibition Le baron chéper presents three sets of works: Hidden Islam (2009-2014), Heimatkunde (2017), and L’Arlequin & La Villeneuve (2018). These ensembles take a benevolent look at questions dealing with origin, immigration and place in the social and physical space of the cities through which the artist passes, and from which he draws subjective reports. However, these works are careful not to provide easy answers, nor to exploit complacency or emotional responses. What links Nicolò Degiorgis’s projects presented at the CAP - Centre d’arts plastiques de Saint-Fons, is an object of complexity, an aesthetic approach that involves photography, the artist’s book, and the exhibition display that leads us to a mise en abyme of the gaze.