Semiose éditions - Maison du peuple de Vénissieux
Texte de François Coadou
Born in 1963 in the Rhône-Alpes region of France, Philippe Durand currently live and works in Paris, while also teaching at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Lyon. His preferred media are photography and video and the city his favourite field of exploration, when he isn?t paying special attention to the Caribbean, searching the landscape for signs of a hidden economy (his series Offshore).
His images might (sometimes) take up the entire wall of the exhibition but they don?t aspire to transmit any particular message. Their aim is to leave clues to the enigma of modern life and our consumer lifestyles. These images are in no way political they are more like poetry with its roots in the real. Weeds growing at the foot of a wall are acts of vegetal resistance; an illegal growth, escaping any form of control. The artist has been exhibited at the Centre Photographique de l?Ile de France in Pontault Combault (2008) and at the Image Centre in Barcelona (2012). His work is included in the collections of the Centre Pompidou, the CNAP (Paris) and the Limousin FRAC