Eden, like the garden, a place where everything is possible. And Eden, like the town in North Carolina where Sylvain Couzinet-Jacques spent his residency, in a former public school purchased for the occasion. The French photographer envisaged his project as a direct counterpoint to the clichéd photographic road trip that shapes our representations of America. Soon to be demolished, the little red house becomes a home, a lookout, a stop-off.
Chosen from among the ten photographers shortlisted by Agnès Sire, director of the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson and sponsor of this first edition, Sylvain Couzinet-Jacques presented the fruits of his residency at a 2016 exhibition at the Aperture Foundation Gallery in New York. The exhibition was designed as a ‘re-enchantment’ project. A collective work, capturing the visions and gestures of the artists, musicians and art critics who passed through the little red house. Photographs, videos and installations, positioned among plants and fragments of the building. Even the walls of the exhibition used to recreate the former school.
Further along, a reading room houses the artist’s book, dedicated to Sylvain Couzinet-Jacques’ project. Scan by scan, the facade of the little red house is reproduced over the course of more than 1,000 pages. It narrates the project, from the search for the house to on-site experiences. Beyond photography.