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Past Exhibition

Thibaut Duchenne

Prise de terre

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Galerie Pugliese Levi is pleased to present the work of Thibaut Duchenne, French farmer and photographer. Haunted by the abandoned places in his agricultural world, he photographs them over and over again, never getting weary. His images give a nostalgic beauty to that which might otherwise seem insignificant and almost trivial.

Galerie Pugliese Levi shows the photographs of the French farmer and photographer Thibaut Duchenne. With a direct take on his environment beyond established traditions and techniques, a rural world is unveiled that is about to disappear but continues its life in evocative forms. His pictures, shot literally on the go to daily work and saturated by personal experience, are of a poetic realism which leaves room for loneliness and yet is immediately attractive.

The beet and cereal grower Thibaut Duchenne takes us along to buildings and fields on the quest for a second nature, which emerges when cultivation work stops. His journeys of discovery, from the family farm in northern France to abandoned places in the USA, yield photographs which are “idyllic but perturbing, natural but motionless, civilized yet devoid of mankind” (Étienne Gatti).

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Artist Profile

Thibaut Duchenne was born in the French region of Picardy in 1966. After having completed his studies of agriculture he took over the family farm in Ver-sur-Launette in the département Oise, cultivating cereals and sugar beets.

At the age of 35 his father gave him a camera. From this decisive moment onwards, he started to accompany his daily labour on the farm with a photographic activity.

Progressively his photographic work took him further away from his farm, always on the quest for places abandoned by humankind. Recently he travelled the USA in order to find places similar to those which haunt and fascinate him since the beginning of his photographic experiences.

Thibaut Duchenne first exposed his work to an art audience in 2012, at the 57th edition of the Salon de Montrouge, one of the premier venues of contemporary art in France. In the catalogue accompanying the Salon, the art critic and exhibition curator Étienne Gatti first acknowledged his work.

Thibaut Duchenne’s photographs have since been published and exhibited in a number of magazines and events, including L’Œil de la photographie, the Green Flowers Art Gallery, and the exhibitions Salon Photo off (2014, 5th edition, La Bellevilloise, Paris), Parti(e) du paysage by Galerie Simon Cau and Art is Hope at Galerie Perrotin in Paris in 2016.
He had his first solo show at Galerie Pugliese Levi in 2017. In 2018 his work was shown in the group exhibition As You Like It -- C’est Comme Vous Voulez, by Praz Delavallade, Los Angeles.

Thibaut Duchenne at his farm