In 2010 Raphaël Dallaporta travelled to Afghanistan to assist a team of French archaeologists with compiling a visual inventory of that country’s national heritage. Many of these historical sites are endangered by pillage, and the war that started in 2001 has caused further damage to important monuments. Dallaporta was able to fly a specially adapted drone over the Afghani landscape to take pictures of historical sites. From this survey he made the work Ruins (2011). With their jagged edges that break the symmetry of the rectangle, the images reflect on the state of deteriorating remains and convey the fragile nature of the archaeological sites.
Raphaël Dallaporta was born in 1980 in Dourdan, France. He lives and works in Paris, where he graduated from Gobelins, l’École de l’image. He is the recipient of the Foam Paul Huf Award (2011) and the Young Photographer ICP Infinity Award (2010). He has had solo exhibitions at the Musée Nicéphore Niépce in Chalon-sur-Saône, France (2012); the Foam Fotografiemuseum in Amsterdam (2011); the Musée de l’Élysée in Lausanne (2010); and the New York Photo Festival (2008). His series Ruins was presented for the Prix découverte at the Rencontres d’Arles in 2011. His works are in major public collections, including the Fonds National d’Art Contemporain and the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris.
CENTRE DES ARTS ACTUELS SKOL
372 Sainte-Catherine Street West | suite 314 | 514.398.9322
Sept. 7 – Oct. 5, 2013 | Tuesday to Saturday 12 pm to 5:30 pm
Opening Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 at 3:30 pm (meet the artist)
WORKSHOP WITH RAPHAËL DALLAPORTA
Saturday September 7, 2013 at 2:30 pm
With Ruins, Dallaporta presents photographs of Afghani landscapes made by a specially designed drone. The artist will be present to talk about the risks he faced in the production of the work as well as to discuss his artistic practice.