Gaël Turpo (b. 1980, Paris, France). After studying cinema and journalism, he worked for many years on the radio and TV. In 2006, he had his first group exhibition sponsored by Lizzie Sadin during the Noisiel Photography Encounters. He presented " Entre-Deux " in 2009 for the Rhizome experimental creative and fine arts hub with which he still collaborates with today.
In 2010, he presented the " Feelings upon Feelings " exhibition. At the same time, he ran workshops with Parisian school students or with drug addicts within an association.
He took part in a workshop run by JH Engström at the Atelier de Visu in Marseilles in 2011. In October 2011, Gaël will present some new photographs in the Miscelänea Gallery of Barcelona, Spain, within the group exhibition " Sudor " along with his two photographers friends Emilie Hallard and Matteo Tranchesi.
Usually, one finds an answer after asking oneself a question. I have not found any answer yet but I think I nailed the right question already : how to practise a photography that most resembles me? This soul-searching might prove to be vital, for it has become essential to me - after trying on many different approaches in photography – to understand why and how I have been triggering the camera shutter. An overly important question since my photography works around testifying about my relation to others, and to the world – I relate my personal experiences and constantly go back and forth between diary and documentary. Things would be simpler had I taken pictures of landscapes and flowers exclusively, but that is not the case (though I often happen to find myself photographing flowers).
I speak about my life. This is the reason why that question (" How to practise a photography that most resembles me? ") might be my only way to calmly progress without clouding my mind with sterile thoughts. Paradoxically, what is the basis for my work today, that question brings other ones forth. But that is the very purpose of it. Here I do not intend to make grand statements, but rather to question out those who look at my pictures.
So, if my photography speaks about my life, here are some reflections: I mean to address beauty and ugliness, my memories and this present time, my obsessions and this actual world, women and men, dreams and reality, insanity and convention, fantasy and triviality, day and night, joy and sadness.
Lo and behold, all this might seem presumptuous, but a photography the most resembles me is all that, attesting to questions and feelings that take ahold of me everyday. Here I do no mean true or false, because pictures alone cannot lay claims on either of these two, I really mean honesty towards myself. I give equal importance to my dreams and to my daily routine in my pictures. It is why this activity helps me see the world and live. Everyone else can then tell themselves stories, wonder, lose themselves, remember, feel and why not, find the pretence of an answer (in my work).
Gaël Turpo, July 2011, Paris.
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