Gabriel Orozco
7 novembre 2002 - 11 janvier 2003

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  • Gabriel Orozco, Exhibition view, Photo credits: Florian Kleinefenn, Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris
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Whereas the terracotta containers bear internal traces of gestures, Orozco's photographs of Malian landscapes testify to the presence, practices, and relations of the human body. In the Cemetery series, for example, bowls used to carry and store food and water are stranded on sandy tombs, set there as though accompanying the deceased into the open vastness of the desert. A different sense of infinity, meanwhile, is present in the photograph titled Total Perception, showing the mosque of Timbuktu in which light, earthen floor, mats, and rugs together construct a very simple space of concentration and meditation. Each of the sixteen photographs seems to say, "We have passed this way..." Erosion and the geometry of human activity are, together, inscribed on these Malian landscapes. At the crossroads of nature and culture, these paths converge in an image of reality and oneness.