Hideyuki Ishibashi

Macula - Installation - 2018

présentée dans le cadre de l'exposition Panorama 20


The loss of materiality of the photography arose with the spread of smartphones which drove gradually to the disappearance of the very meaning of the act of photographing. Our surrounding world seems to only exist for the purpose of being projected on a screen, that including our own face distorted by selfies. In other words, taking a photograph is to replace the object and oneself by a codified and commercial representation aligned with its alike. Bringing the image closer to an ideal standard by chasing the shadow through the light becomes an aesthetic reference of our generation. That is why modern photography does not need a “shadow.” It is therefore perfectly flat and clean, whether its subject is food, a landscape or a portrait.

So then, if the shadow takes power over the light, what do we start to see?

This project is a mirror of a shadow. This mirror reflects the silhouette of the audience, while a classic mirror captures the reflection and so the light. The shadow is not immediately reflected, it is drawn gradually in a few minutes during which the audience is not supposed to move. These few minutes may seem long in the modern age where pace and speed assert hemselves as values including the act of photographing. The silhouette thus fixed in the mirror will gradually lose its appearance when the audience moves away, image and time will then disappear like the sand in a hourglass, illustrating the ephemeral side of existence itself that makes us return to the state of dust.

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.


Alexis Gras, Julien Maire, Christophe Gregório, Cyprien Quairiat, Sébastien Cabour, Thomas Mouchart, Marie Devarenne, Vincent Pecaut, Gao Bo, Daniel Dobbels, Madeleine Van Doren, Éric Prigent, Luc-Jérôme Bailleul, Pascal Buteaux, Barbara Merlier, Pascale Pronnier, Christophe Boulanger, José-Manuel Gonçalvès, promotions Chantal Akerman & Michelangelo Antonioni et l’équipe du Fresnoy.


Le Fresnoy - Studio national des arts contemporains, Tourcoing — Neuflize OBC