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Olivier Richon
1956, Lousanne, Svizzera
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Resident in London since 1976, Richon concentrates the most part of his work on the still life genre which he reinterpreted in an allegorical way. The images are to be considered as ‘scripts’, rebuses to decipher, constructs generated by the accumulation of signs and signifieds; for this reason they are open to multiple readings and interpretations. Both photographs entered in collection are based on the use of pre-existing paintings, which serve as backdrops, contemplated by a monkey. Like many elements in Richon’s works, the presence of the animal could generate various different readings: in a Jungian key, we could consider it a projection of our condition as human beings, or we could see it as an emblem for the visual practice of imitation that photography has inherited from the Renaissance. Resistant to unique, definitive interpretations, Richon’s works highlight the allegorical potential of photography, emphasising its power as a means of reflection and knowledge.

Seismic Sequence

MATA, Modena

October 21, 2017 - February 4, 2018

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10 years old

2007-2017: a history of the world told through the images of the Fondazione Cassa di risparmio di Modena Collection

March 11 - April 30, 2017

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Contemporary Photography from North-West Europe

Tom Sandberg. Around Myself

September 18, 2015 - January 10, 2016

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Olivier Richon

After Joseph Wright of Derby, Arkwright Mills at Night, 1990
c-print
100 x 140 cm

© the artist

Olivier Richon

After Pieter Saenredam, The Buurkerk at Utrecht, 1990
c-print
100 x 140 cm

© the artist