Paris based Vincent Levrat, grew up in a small town in the countryside of Switzerland. After success with honors the photography school of Vevey, he decided to pursue his path to the ECAL in Lausanne where he obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in 2018 with the Prix Elinchrom. His work has been shown in different collective exhibitions, such as the Festival de mode et de photographie de la Villanoailles, and Circulation. Exploring the boundaries between sculpture and photography, Vincent likes to gets his hands dirty. Among all the woodcuts and the nail hammered, what he likes the most is to make you scratch your head. Let’s face it; we all get bored on the internet. Remember those magic hours spent playing with a wood stick when you were just a kid? Vincent is calling that up.
Wasteland, as a result of their emptiness and lack of purpose, reveal themselves to be nonconforming to social norms. They thus represent locations for freedom and are conducive to the imagination. From this observation is born a desire
to undergo a life experience in waste ground, turning this location into a kingdom, an open-air studio. It becomes a playground where one may celebrate materiality and physical experimentation, a territory where one may escape the virtual and technological world.
Wanting to operate a return to a form of simplicity, the naive desire to undergo a kind of « tabula rasa » is not without recollecting a kind of rebellion. Constructing in order to destroy – all of which is bound to physical and intuitive experiences, which is somewhat absurd, yet resolutely childlike. From this emptiness which waste grounds can evoke, they are in reality a reserve of shapes and impoverished materials. An economy of means which, when nourished by the virtue of a childlike naivety, allows us to envisage these materials as the essence of various games and constructions.
The publication was released in 2019 by the publishing house Ciaopress.
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