Landscape In Construction
di Morgane Denzler
In Europe, the landscape is defined as a part of the countryside that observer is presented with, in which man stands apart. However, in China, the landscape is formed with man and nature together, perfectly integrated. Morgane Denzler places these two concepts of the landscape next to each other and poses the question: how can we understand the landscape physically, visually and conceptually?
Through photographic and cartographic images, the artist questions the difficult relationship between man and nature.
In Europe, the landscape is dominated by a constant “geometrization”. A normalisation that has led to the reduction of human-scale spaces. The landscape is not thought of in terms of physical and/or emotional experiences, rather, it is considered in terms of points of reference, images juxtaposed to each other. To achieve the optimal control of space, the landscape is dismembered. This authoritarian look at the landscape creates a distance between man and his surroundings. On the contrary, Chinese culture consider man in the landscape and as a full part of it. Continuing his research into memory and landscape, Denler appropriates two visions in which whole is opposed to this point of view – the artist deconstructs the distorted relationship with nature. The normal tools are set aside so a poem and experience of the landscape (visual and sensory) can be brought forward.
It is therefore a matter of allowing oneself to be absorbed by the landscape whose correlations are infinite and permanent. Where Westerners have implemented a reduction strategy on their scale, the artist remembers its depth, immensity and destiny. In his work the landscape is not just the meeting place between man and his environment, but it is, above all, the place in which he operates in the world.
Morgane Denzler was born in 1986 in Maison Laffitte, in France. He graduated at the all’Accademia Nazionale di Belle Arti in Paris in 2011 and he lives and works between Paris and Brussels. Denzler revisits the medium of photography, amplifying its physical and sensorial dimensions. On the ground or on a wall, folded, closed, scored, or cut, the image’s form is tested, and a reflection centred o n memory, landscape and on man, begins.
His work has been exhibited in various institutions such as Nicephore Niépce Photography Museum in 2012, the Rencontres d'Arles in 2013, the Palais de Tokyo in Paris in 2016, the MAC-VAL in Ivry-sur-Seine in 2017, the Grand Palais of Paris in 2018, the Maison Guerlain in 2018.
Denzler won the Prix du portrait des amis des Beaux-Arts in 2012 and the Prix public Neuflize 2013, and also the Prix du public Science-Po pour l’art contemporain 2013. His work can be found in the public collections, such as the FMAC collection, FRAC Poitou-Charente and the Musée Nicéphore Niépce collection.