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LET US FLY

AN EXHIBITION BY LOUIS JAMMES

From November to April 2023

THE ARTIST

Louis Jammes was born in 1958 in Carcassonne. At the beginning of the 1980s, at the beginning of his career, he immortalized the artists of his personal pantheon, those who inspired his career such as the members of the Beat GenerationAndy Warhol, Lou Reed, then his relatives, the emerging free figuration and those of his generation: Keith HaringJean-Michel Basquiat, Robert Combas, or Julian Schnabel, in a setting that he conceives evoking their work. Louis Jammes gradually seeks to explore the world through his lens, to capture the present time. In 1987, he went out into the street and painted portraits of "Bag People" in Barbès, anonymous people posing in front of a painted set, whom he thus turned into heroes for the duration of a photo session. He then travels to countries where major events in contemporary history are taking place, in the field of great reporters, in cities and countries that are suffering or at war. In search of human nature and its cracks. In Gaza and the West Bank in 1988, in Tunisia with the Palestinians, in Spain with the Gypsies and in Berlin during the fall of the wall in 1989, in Chernobyl in 1991 to follow up on the disaster of the nuclear power plant, in Sarajevo during the war of 1993 in Chechnya and Africa in 1996, in the Taimyr peninsula in Northern Siberia in 1999, in Iraq on the day of the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003, in Egypt, Tahrir Square during the revolution in 2012, in the heart of Europe in 2015 with refugees. Louis Jammes does not photograph barbarism in its acts, but victims. He does not wish to bear witness to these conflicts in the manner of a reporter, but to take sides, to be part of them.

"Photographer but not like other photographers, painter but not like other painters. The only one of his kind. Singular as the best are. The best but all alone, if I dare say."

Extract from the text of Michel Nurudsany

THE EXHIBITION

"In the early 80's, I tried to bring photography into the real world of art. I set out to meet the artists of my personal pantheon, like an initiatory journey. The idea is to invent a new pictorial writing. Louis Jammes

A work that is not quite nomadic, not quite chaotic, but somewhat wandering, and sinuous - yet coherent -, that makes the great leap between painting and photography, striving to reconcile them at the heart of a light that asserts itself as the main actor of the adventure.

This exhibition is built like an initiatory journey, going on the trace of his origins: his thousand and one lives of photographer, his roots, his experiences.

A journey through several universes, through series and moments of life dating back more than thirty years - many exclusive collaborations, including Andy Warhol, Robert Combas and Jean-Michel Basquiat. In his peregrinations, in the heart of conflicts and major events of our contemporary history, from Sarajevo to Fukushima, he highlights the victims to take sides, or at least to be part of it.

A major surprise awaits the spectators at nightfall: a monumental projection testifying to his thousand and one experiences as an artist, through series and moments of life dating back more than thirty years - his exclusive collaborations, his travels to the heart of the conflicts and major events of our contemporary history, from Sarajevo to Fukushima, and his return to his roots in the Aude region, in the very heart of the terroir of La Clape

"A work where it would be shown to see that the image proves nothing seems to me the most necessary work, politically the most necessary. "Louis Jammes

EXCERPTS

A chaotic and nomadic life between the Siberian tundra, the New York of the 1980s, the Paris of the Figuration Libre, Sarajevo at war, devastated Chechnya, contaminated Chernobyl, Uganda and its forest as beautiful as Eden, the Aude as a green paradise.

I discovered the existence of Louis Jammes in 1988, when Yvon Lambert suddenly showed Rémy Blanchard (from 1982) and then Combas. I liked Combas, not so much the other painters of the "Figuration libre" Louis Jammes, for me, was apart. And, clearly, I preferred him. I found it hard to place him in that movement, to prefer him to people with whom it was difficult to compare him. I loved him as one loves a UFO. Apart, yes, apart.

Photographer but not like other photographers, painter but not like other painters. The only one of his kind. Singular as the best are. The best but all alone, if I dare say.

Extract from the text of Michel Nurudsany

practical information

Exhibition dates: November 30, 2022 - April 2023

Opening hours of the exhibition: Free access every day from 9 am to 7 pm

Location of the Exhibition: Art Space, Shop, Jazz Bar, Chai Rouge, Reception, Restaurant Art de vivre, outdoor spaces to be confirmed

Night projections on the facades of the Château L'Hospitalet - from 6:30 pm to 2 am 7 days a week.

Projection on the Bastide/Inner Court Jazz - Works by Olll

Projection on the building of the Cellar / Shop / Tower - Works of Louis Jammes