Miroirs aux alouettes
di Olivier Lovey
In the Miroirs aux alouettes series, initiated in 2016, Lovey creates impossible images, close to surrealism, by sticking stickers in the public or exhibition space. By mixing the real and its double, he questions the limits of image and representation, revisiting the notion of perspective, trompe-l'oeil and mise en abyme. Originally thought to be photographs, the works also function as installations.
Jean Baudrillard affirmed that illusion does not oppose reality, but that it is only a particular case of reality. The work revolves around this singularity. The principle of anamorphosis is the most obvious example, but it is not only a point of view: the images are the result of a long trial-and-error process where the artist tests different collusion of images and different light conditions. In the end the result must surprise him.
The idea is discovering hidden worlds to create a bridge between our reality and another (even only imaginary) with images built around a vanishing point or a central frame (a door, a staircase) that give the idea of a passage.
The aim is to immerse the viewer in another world, and meanwhile to start a reflexion on the photographic medium. Mixing the real and its double, the artist questions the limits of these, testing the strength of the photographic illusion. But the goal is never to confuse the two. It is important seeing imperfections in the pose of print. The viewer thus has in mind that "it has been" (Roland Barthes) really.
Olivier Lovey, born in 1981 in Martigny (Switzerland), after obtaining a master's degree in psychology, has graduated from the higher education in photography of Vevey (2011). His work has been exhibited, among others, at the Prix Photoforum 2012, 2014, 2018 Selection / Auswahl in Bienne, at the Prix Voies-off in Arles 2013, at the 18th Young VFG talent prize in photography in 2014 and at the Boutographies of Montpellier where he receives the Reponses Photo Award.
The same year he holds a six-month residency in Paris at the Swiss foundation. He published a book Memorabilia in 2015. In 2016 he had solo exhibition in Focale gallery in Nyon and abstrAct gallery in Lausanne. A year later he won the Prix MLL. In 2018, he exhibited at the Festival Images de Vevey and won first prize at the Swiss Photo Award in the Fine Arts category with his Miroirs aux alouettes series in which he creates impossible images. The same year he received a cultural price from his living region.
In 2019, he got a solo exhibition at the Ferme Asile/Centre culturel where he created two monumental installations.