Introducing Xavier Dumoulin

24 August 2017

Xavier Dumoulin's work questions man's obsession to break away from nature and to keep it at a distance to the extent of being blind to the transformations he is causing and man's denial of an interdependent relationship with nature.

He treats photography as a means of expressing his convictions. Man, though not seen in the actual photographs, is nevertheless the very point in question. Xavier Dumoulin prefers to outline the traces of man in the landscape, finding this a far more eloquent way to express man's position in this world.

Xavier Dumoulin lives and works in Pau, southern France. His work is regularly exhibited in various galleries and he has obtained several awards: Jury prize Hiiibrand Photography 2013 (China), Fubiz and laureate prize Photocollection 2012, award at the Paris Council "Urban Photo" 2011, his series "Limits" made him a finalist in "Bourse du Talent" in 2016.



> Night's Passenger series

Isola, Night's Passenger series (2011)

In this series, Xavier Dumoulin roams peri-urban areas at night, those tentacular spaces that public lighting, the glimmer of bus stops or the neon signs of businesses will never allow to completely succumb to pitch blackness. Lights everywhere, stars nowhere to be seen… thanks to man's incessant need to subjugate nature by imposing a constant luminosity.


> Incandescences series

Dune, Incandescences series (2013)

From the Normandy coastline to the hinterland of the Riviera, under the full moon Xavier Dumoulin photographs various townships and villages in the middle of nowhere from a elevated angle. The artificial light transforms these urban environments into lava spills . According to him "the light which is supposed to make us feel secure has become a bigger and bigger barrier preventing us from seeing what's important, keeping us in an illusion."


> Limits series

Dam, Limits series (2015)

A cliff facing the sea, a lake's edge, the foot of a glacier, snowy peaks… In this series the photographer shows us a host of landscapes seemingly familiar and unchangeable. In each, the idea of a frontier: between the elements, between the natural and the artificial, between two stages of the same substance… So many boundaries turned moveable by global warming, invisible and yet at work.