Marc Pataut
from 18 June 2019
until 22 September 2019
Concorde, Paris

The Marc Pataut exhibition at the Jeu de Paume will draw on all of his work. His is an œuvre that has been created over the last forty years through a cumulative succession of collective and personal experiences. Marc Pataut (born 1952 in Paris) used photography in the first place to explore sculpture and subsequently to pick up the challenge of documentary work. The work involves numerous projects, each of which was developed over a long period of time; it deals with distance and nearness between people (their faces and bodies, their affiliations, the course of their lives).

Marc Pataut lives and works in Aubervilliers. Since 2001, he has taught photography at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-arts de Paris, the art school where he himself had studied in the studio of sculptor Étienne-Martin in the early 1970s. In the 1980s, he moved away from photojournalism to develop a number of long-term investigative projects involving different interactional approaches depending on the situation. His work is infused with a strong political and humanitarian commitment; the design and development of the work involve an activity, a social situation, a story and engagement with the institutional context.

The exhibition at the Jeu de Paume will feature a selection of Pataut's photographic essays from 1981 to the present, showing the prominence of portraiture in his œuvre. It is a body of work that raises questions about photography as a tool in a political relationship with time, with society (i.e. human communities), with space and with territory. The works, often fuelled by discussions and exchanges of various forms, represent a genuine social and political reflection, and this will be tangible both in the exhibition and in the publication.


Curator : Pia Viewing

Exhibition organised by the Jeu de Paume