When Frédéric Loury invited me to join the 2016 edition of Art Souterrain, he told me about the theme « Must art be appealing? ». I reflected on the idea and decided to distinguish the theme from love. How can we renew the thematic of romantic desire, analyzed over and over again, and think of it in terms of contemporary art instead? To me, seduction first appears as an internal movement: when a work of art appeals to a viewer, it moves them, gives them answers to question they once raised before. Perhaps, to love contemporary art is in this sense an act of auto-eroticism: we seek from art to fill rugged intimacies, which we sometimes do not acknowledge. When it seduces us, art reveals itself. Thus, by addressing the theme in such way, I also wished to question the stereotype of self-seduction and discover what stratagems, discomfort or confrontation of identity it entails when it comes face to face with the singularity of each artist. It is with pleasure that I present the result of this research.
For the new edition of the Festival Art Souterrain, I was invited as a commissioner in charge of the photographic aspect of the festival. It gave me the chance to discover and showcase the work of eight artists from various backgrounds and nationalities. Founder of a gallery of private art dedicated to photography, I seized this opportunity to further push the reflection on the contemporary photographic image, as well as outline the plurality of perspectives, a necessity to the resulting unprecedented abundance of pictures and loss of landmarks.