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РОМЕН ЖИБЕР | ROMAIN GIBER

Ромен Жибер

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A photoseries
In a sports hall of school, Shiryaevo


During the residence in Shiryaevo, Romain Gibert took photographs of what was the most attractive to him: so called "typical" landscapes, inhabitants, houses, animals, cars... Each photograph reinforces our occidental view of the Russian countryside: the charming "post-soviet" ambiance. However something peculiar disturbs these images: one immediately notices a subject and its copy. It is an uneven humanconstruction (dachas bearing the marks of time, decrepit Ladas, cracked cup, unsticking wallpaper) or a living creature.

Identical elements that appear simultaneously within one image proceed from visual arts tricks. They reflect sometimes anxiety (loss of identity), sometimes reassuring pretence (looking for an alter ego).

In Romain Gibert's Russian universe, one keeps company with a similar one, the presence of this double seems familiar to him. In the case of inanimate subjects, manufactured parts, their worn out appearances makes them singular. Human (living) subjects are not as perfect as the cloned androids in science fiction movies. No canonical beauty but people in their every day's life working clothes. According to the cliche of the Russian hospitality, each element, with his simplicity and defaults, is friendly and welcoming. Once double, it seems uncanny.

Marlene Perronet

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