This work is the restitution of the photographic residency of Cédric Martigny within the Lamotte group, a real estate development company located in Rennes.
Through a lighting device close to the studio, the first chapter of the work dramatizes the movements of men and women on construction sites. The second chapter, devoted to office life, features the employees of the design office, accounting firm, with reference to classical painting.e.
« Cédric Martigny builds a visual and plastic environment in a staging that is as much a comedy film, silent film as this realistic painting of the Barbizon School, Millet in particular we remember the Gleaners from which Agnès Varda was inspired for her eponymous film. , and Flemish masters for their chiaroscuro. Through these referents, there is an effect of reterritorialization of the gesture and a call to a whole visual history, including that of cinema, in the fact that one image calls for another. autre…
This relation to the imaginary is founded by the work of the photographer, who gives the possibility of representation to the gesture of the craftsman, to reposition himself in the field of the visible, acts here intentionally, also by the reference to Winogrand who sought what things look like when they are photographed. In view of his previous work,ts, Workshops, Associations, Cédric Martigny evokes here a possible representation of work; this goes through the gesture because of the body. It is through the representation of the gesture that we will be able to talk about work, he says, because it is the body that engages the worker in hardship, beauty, any way of being in the world. By nature the gesture has an aesthetic dimension, it is a form, an imagination.aire ».
Pascal Therme extract from the prefacee)
Interview with Loïc Bodin, sculptor, at the center of the book.
In co-publication with the association Les ailes de Caïus
Format 260 x 200 mm - 52 photographs and color drawings