We are pleased to present a set of artworks from Michel Monteaux named Matters matter. Widely recognized as press photographers (He collaborated with a few newspapers as well as international magazines) Michel Monteaux also has been pursuing an artistic work for twenty years.
Michel Monteaux never stops questioning the condition of man, his relationship to his environment, his confrontation with nature, the trace, the traces left by him through the themes of memory and its fragility . It unfolds this through several bodies of work, such as "Cosmos", "Continuum", "Instant quantic", "Lifeline", "No traces" and the series presented here "Matters matter" .
The Matter Matter photographic series presents wastes, neglected traces of the common history that lives in us, crushed, swept, thrown, recovered after our passage. Yet today theses wastes bear witness to a planetary lifestyle as complex as it is casual, as paradoxical as it is unequal. Waste is now the most important trace of our daily existence. Each of us throws garbage at home in the street, in the wild, more than once a day. This gesture is accomplished in half consciousness and forgotten a second later. In this way we are disconnected from the organic nature of the elements that constitute the very essence of all forms of life. But far from the eyes the waste continues to transform and is not inert. They become part of a moving universe and join the billions of particles that make up energy and matter. Plastics, Carcasses, Plants. Wastes are collected within the urban space. "I found it interesting to see how your series turns everyday waste into something fragile and precious, revealing in the mundane a somewhat mystical presence." Fabian Knierim, curator at the Westlicht Center for Photography, Vienna, Austria.