Clément Paradis

photo/graphy

Who?

Happy faces. Thanks to photography, the disaster takes its destiny in charge!

CLEMENT PARADIS

Born in 1983. Founder of Timeshow Press. Photographer and writer by night, book designer and teacher by day (sometimes I switch). Also translator for Stanley Greene, Anders Petersen & Max Pam.


A photographer needs to know where he stands. As Lukács would have said, I've taken residence in the Grand Hotel Abyss, a hotel equipped with every comfort, on the edge of an abyss, of nothingness, of absurdity. And I know we are quite a few in there. This is where it all starts. On the one hand I take photographs, on the other hand we are just a flicker in the universe. But with photography we beneficiate of a second occurrence... Which we probably don't really know how to use. My idea is that with photography, in spite of the spectacle, we can do a little bit better than we're entitled to, and get a sense of how to reconfigure the world. So, through this proverbial spectacle we live in, I try to figure it out and use photography as a big equalizer, a means to negociate with the environment and question this soft apocalypse we built. It's a fragile equilibrium, the one of giant shellfishes eating plankton to consolidate their empty, paper thin, shells. In order not to disappear, we have now to let the world go through us - I think it's a painful but seductive process. My first monograph was published in 2014 - title: Sound of Midnight. It was just the beginning!

Selected exhibitions:

2017

« DUST », Voies Off, Arles, France

« Black Liquor, Night Color », Gallery Niépce, Tokyo, Japan (exhibition w/ Maki)

« Disparition », ENSASE, Saint-Etienne, France (exhibition w/ Jordi Ballesta & Kevin Boudot)

2016

« Alcool noir », UHH Fest. 7, Saint-Etienne, France (exhibition + street exhibition w/ Royx)

« Photobooks Market », Encontros da Imagem 2016, Braga, Portugal (photobook)

« Zines of the Zone », exposition itinérante, France (photobook)

« The Photobook Exhibition », Benaki Museum, Athènes, Grèce (photobook)

« 1 min 1 artist », Cinémas Méliès, Saint-Etienne, France (projection)

« Lequel tu préfères ? » by Jacques Barry, Galerie l'Antilope, Lyon, France (as a curator)

2015

« La Fototeca's Photo Book exhibition », La Fototeca, Guatemala City, Guatemala (photobook)

« The Photobook Exhibition », Benaki Museum, Athènes, Grèce (photobook)

« Phosphènes », Voies Off, Arles, France

« FORMULES », Société Stéphanoise d'Enchères, Saint-Etienne, France (artist's book)

2014

« H Book Show », Doomed Gallery, Dalston, Londres, Royaume-Uni (photobook)

« Photobooks Market », Encontros da Imagem 2014, Braga, Portugal (photobook)

« Timeshow 5 », Photobook Shop, Arles, France (as a curator)

« Zines of the Zone », exposition itinérante, France (photobook)

2013

« Espace Vacant » by Jacques Barry, Galerie La Niche, Paris, France (as a curator)

« Espace Vacant » by Jacques Barry, Galerie Philippe Durand, Saint-Etienne, France (as a curator)

2012

« Le Rouge & le Noir », La Réserve, Saint-Etienne, France

2011

« L’Architecture d’une mémoire », ENSASE, Saint-Etienne, France


Awards:

Fedrigoni Awards finalist 2016 (for 春爛漫 Haru Ranman)

Cosmos Arles PDF award Finalist 2016 (for Killjoy - Gâche Noël)

Cosmos Arles PDF award Finalist 2015 (for Video Waffles - Anamnog)