Hideyuki Ishibashi

Limen - Installation - 2017

présentée dans le cadre de l'exposition panorama 19


There is an inevitable relationship between the lens and a subject when we use a camera to capture an image, proving its existence. On the other hand, halations, gradations and blurs clash with the purpose of recording. The reason why I am attracted to this aspect of photography is because I can recognise that this information has been recorded by the camera and not by our eye or our memory. New technologies prevent halation and blurring, offering us a clear and sharp image. It is more attractive than the reality that our eyes can capture. Hence we increasingly depend on the eye of a photographic camera instead of our own eyes and our time of direct observation of the diminished object.
During my research, I collected the fragments which disappeared because of halation, blurring or gradations and tried to save the information that remained. I extracted these fragments of digital noises and colours that usually get in the way of our gaze. By crafting these repaired fragments and these noises into a patchwork, I realised that what I’d gathered together were lost moments rather than a lost image. Contrary to the custom that expects photos to be “frozen” on paper, I wanted to use shadows, and to freeze the image directly in the mind of visitors. Here, photography isn’t frozen but evanescent and it’s the visitors’ eye that proceeds in the recording. This project offers us the time to rethink our relationship with photography at this time, through the question: What does “to be taken in a photograph” really mean?

Hideyuki Ishibashi

Born in Kobe, Japan, in 1986, Hideyuki Ishibashi studied photography at Nihon University College of Art and came to work in Lille in 2011. His work, which is essentially photographic, has been shown at the Unseen Photo Festival and Breda Photo, as well as in solo and group shows in Japan, Korea, England, Spain, France, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. He was nominated for the Arles Voies Off prize in 2013, on the occasion of his first exhibition in France, and for the SFR Jeunes Talents Photo prize in 2014 for the exhibition “Micro-Macro” in Lille. His Présage project was the subject of his first book, published by IMA Editions, Japan, in 2015.


Le Fresnoy - Studio national des arts contemporains, Tourcoing