Phnom Penh Photo 2012
Clément Briend had previously been in Phnom Penh for a festival, doing what he liked to do best, projecting images in public space. He likes this art form, both fragile and magical, flexible and impressive, to present photography and make it accessible to all. Over the last two years, he has improved his technical devices, made his images more sophisticated, and is now back to give us exhibitions that have no material reality and games that enable him to transpose features of history and architecture in the modern city. What he does is both a reflection on the meaning of photography, on its potential, on space, on wonderment. He has some surprises for us that only the image can give, like gifts bathed in light that all can enjoy on an imposing façade or on the meandering of a small street.
With a background from the École Louis Lumière, Clément Briend is a professor of culture and photographic practice at the University of Valenciennes. His work is oriented toward an exploration of night, through the intervention of light in the spaces he photographs. He is thus interested in new forms that explore the possibilities offered by the photography his images projected with the intention of creating images that confuse real space with luminous projection. His series “Cambodian Trees,” presented in the 2009 edition of PhotoPhnomPenh, was exhibited at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris in 2010. He lives and works in Paris.
Photo Phnom Penh festival
From December 8 – 13, 2012