Thibaut Henz

Rideaux I

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When Thibaut Henz’s (* 1988 in Liège, Belgium, lives and works in Weimar) photographs are viewed together, they appear like a photo novel of our time—certain perspectives and details come to the fore. In these series of works, portraits and snapshots appear with stark color contrast and in varied formats. Grouped together, they create combinations of images that stray from the usual. These compositions play with the aesthetics and viewing habits of the digital age.

In the exhibition ars viva 2020, Henz showed arrangements of photographs that presented an urban world in all its rawness. The spectrum of his photographic motifs are extensive: in addition to poverty, violence and repression, he also addresses love, desire, enjoyment and excess. For this exclusive edition, Henz presents Rideux I, a digital print with an original motif from the ars viva 2020 exhibition. Henz’s photograph derives from his personal life and environment—here we simply see a green curtain with red velvet carpet. Neither the title nor the caption allow any conclusions to be drawn about the actual origin or context of such a photograph. Instead, Henz’s pictures sit in a transitory space between presence and non-presence, visibility and invisibility. What is shown appears by virtue of what is obfuscated. A cursory glance out of the window, an inscription in a tree, the rearview of a person, or even a section of a curtain behave as traces that announce or denounce something. Dedicating oneself to photography means lingering and looking for traces.

  • Exhibitions:
  • 2020
  • »no true self« - Center for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, Australien (G)
    ars viva 2020, Kunstverein in Hamburg, DE (G)
  • 2019
  • ars viva 2020 - Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig, DE (G)
    Fragments - Kunsthaus, Erfurt, DE (E mit Guillaume Delleuse)
  • 2018
  • Antarctica. Eine Ausstellung über Entfremdung - Kunsthalle Wien, A, (G)
    Academy Positions - POSITIONS BERLIN Art Fair - Flughafen Tempelhof, Berlin, DE (G)