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Sylvain Couzinet-Jacques’ exhibition Eden at the Aperture Gallery presents the French photographer’s residency in the small North Carolina town of the same name: a photographic Immersion in the iconic schoolhouse that was home to the project, in the form of an installation and accompanying artist’s book.
Sylvain Couzinet-Jacques is the winner of the first edition of Immersion: A French American Photography Commission: a joint programme from the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès and the Aperture Foundation. For his American project, Couzinet-Jacques chose, quite literally, to buy and reside in the former public schoolhouse in the town of Eden, making it the setting, object and subject of his residency. As the guest of the Aperture Gallery, New York, at the end of his period in residence, Couzinet-Jacques has created a three-part installation whose elements will be recycled to restore the ‘Little Red Schoolhouse’.
The experimental residency is narrated on an expanse of wall, in a hanging inspired by an artist’s work table. Documents and photographs in various formats and using a variety of supports reaffirm the physical fabric of the building. The reverse of the panel features works by artists invited to the schoolhouse by Couzinet-Jacques, throughout his stay. Next, a vivarium houses plants scattered with iridescent fragments from the building – a reference to the Garden of Eden.
Lastly, a small reading space enables visitors to consult the resulting, ambitious publication, simply entitled Eden – a veritable artist’s book reproducing scan after scan over more than 900 pages. Using archive materials and documentary photographs, the book recounts the residency project, from the initial research to the experimental work conducted in situ. The exhibition and publication are supported by the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès and our alliance partners, Aperture Foundation.
Aperture Gallery, New York
Monday–Saturday: 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Thursday: 10:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
Fred Cave, Thomas Hauser, Jesse Hoyle, Amelia Rina, Pat McCarthy, and Ugo Schiavi