Samuel Choisy

Samuel Choisy is French a photo-based visual artist. His work explores the notion of emotional territory through his project narratives and technical approaches. His time-based creative process presents visual recordings of choreographed situations. Choisy received a DNAP from l’École de l’Image d’Angoulême (1999) and a DNSEP from l’École des Beaux-Arts de Nantes (2001), France. He is the recipient of the Chamlers Art Fellowship (2015). His work has been showcased in France and many European countries, as well as in the U.S. and Canada. He currently lives and works in Toronto, Canada.

Momentary Lapses of Reason

This series is the combination of two bodies of work:

“Survivors”-2018, the trees series, was shot 2 years ago on b&w film in Italy before I embarked on a cargo ship back to Canada. I’d brought all the chemistry to develop on board, and by happenstance, it leaked in my luggage and burned most of my negs. I’ve printed what I could and used this moment of chance to re-interpret the work it in a more playful and colorful way by using digital color filters.

The second series, “Unsettled”-2011-∞, is an experimental approach to light painting, I work with lights, long exposures, bodies in motion and mundane objects that I use to create images with the idea of discomfort and tension. Often in domestic environments, sometimes in hotels, I’m looking to create organic shape animated by some telluric force. The pictures are recordings of short performances improvised for the camera.

Both series recall nature, the unnatural color of the trees and the elusive weirdness of the indoors images combined together brings us in a hallucinogenic dimension where we stand on a thin line between a good and a bad trip.

To view more of Samuel Choisy’s work please visit his website.



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