biographies Mat Jacob & Gilles Coulon

 

Mat Jacob and Gilles Coulon are photographers, members of the Tendance Floue collective. Founded in 1991, Tendance Floue, currently made up of fourteen photographers, arose out of a stubborn will to keep a certain form of independence, vouching for each one’s freedom. Press, publications, exhibitions, projections, company and institutional communications: the collective opens every door, tackles all media of contemporaneous photography. For 20 years, an alchemy of ideas and energies has allowed them to create a singular photographic language, questioning modes of representation and renewing the field of narration. 

Mat Jacob

Mat Jacob
Founder of the collective, Mat Jacob commits himself to documentary photography at the beginning of the 1990s. For 5 years, he scoured the earth together with the photographer Olivier Culmann, and through a cross-perspective, they tackled the world of schools throughout the planet. Over the course of six journeys to Chiapas, Mexico, between 1995 and 2005, he becomes interested in the struggle for an Indian and rural identity and photographs the resistance to its negation. Since 2007, he carries out a photographic journey in Finistère, France, a familiar and family land, and by moving back and forth between his present encounters and his past memories, this time he sets out on an inquisitive inner journey. This approach is combined with ongoing work in artistic direction which has led him to the creation of a new photographic language within the photography collective. 

Gilles Coulon

Gilles Coulon
For Gilles Coulon, the encounter with Mali gave birth to manifold photographic stories: To be 20 Years Old in Bamako embraces the energy of Malian youth, Delta, in 2000, plunges into the meanders of the Niger River, and A President on Campaign, in 2002, follows the electoral tour of candidate Alpha Oumar Konaré. Afterwards, he distanced himself from the documentary formula and sought a new form of poetics with White Night, a series of nocturnal wanderings in search for the universal and evocative glow of neon lights, or in another series titled Grins, on everyday discussion groups in Mali. Finally, Winter(s) questions society’s insistence in ignoring the existence of the homeless through a series of snow-covered landscapes.

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