Photo exhibition

Christophe Agou – Face au silence

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK – 2015 Yusef Hawkin’s face is gone and now this child’s face has also been totally erased from the world. I believe her name was Janelle Lynn McCleese, born in 1987 and died in 1990. How did she die? I have imagined that she was hit by a car. The mural lived much longer than she did. Perhaps brevity really is part of the beauty and function of these murals—that their eventual loss further reflects the neighborhood’s demographic changes, the passage of time, the brevity of life. I won’t ever forget Janelle’s face and her lovingly fixed hair. She lives inside all of us who passed by and took notice of her as we walked down Lewis Ave.,-- us, the lucky living, wondrously and briefly animated by life.
© Christophe Agou
© Christophe Agou

From the 3rd of September until the 11th of October 2014
At the Galerie Intervalle – 12, rue Jouye Rouve – 75020 Paris
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In the winter of 2002, Christophe Agou felt the emotional need to return to his native Forez and roamed around the valleys and the mountains, which has never left his mind.
He got to know and quickly became friends with a community of family farmers whose identities are deeply rooted to the land.
After eight years, this resulted in, In the Face of Silence, which is far from just a documentary about rural life in early twenty-first century France. The farm doors that Christophe Agou enters on our behalf, open to reveal the faces of men and women who command our respect and give us pause for meditation.
The ‘matter’ and everyday texture of these lives, their work and the elements, like a saga punctuated by very telling, though motionless, tracking shots, is displayed with almost organic realism.
In the Face of Silence is a very special body of work about existences governed by the necessities of hard work and the weight of the seasons. Its sympathetic and contained power jolts us out of our role as spectator and implicates us in a shared destiny. [Benoît Rivero]

Born in 1969 in Montbrison, a small town at the foot of the Forez hills, in the Loire Department, Christophe Agou left France in 1992 and settled in New York.

the authorVéronique
Véronique Poczobut, photo editor of PRIVATE magazine.

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