Sylvie Bonnot

Relief XII, 2020 

Aigueblanche, France 

Photography in volume, silver gelatin transposed on BFK Rives paper, 3,6 × 5,3 × 0,7 in, unique piece 

© Sylvie Bonnot. Courtesy Ségolène Brossette Galerie 

Saturnale I, 2019 (detail) 

Black & white photography, silver gelatin transposed on Arches paper, 80,3 . 47,9 in (without frame), unique piece

© Sylvie Bonnot. Courtesy Ségolène Brossette Galerie  

Born in 1982 in Bourg-en-Bresse. Lives and works in Saint-Léger-sous-la-Bussière, France 

Presented by Etienne Hatt 

La peau du monde 

Sylvie Bonnot is both a photographer and visual artist and develops, alongside her photography, new modes of image transfiguration, questioning the natural and industrial forms of landscape and space. Sylvie Bonnot is a traveling artist. Her work has taken her from the density and bustle of Tokyo to the isolated and harsh regions of the Spitzberg archipelago and the Australian desert. For several years now, thanks to a partnership with the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales, she has been exploring space and its conquest. She continually returns, however, to the Burgundy countryside and forests where she lives and which form the “geographical meeting point” of these opposing territories. In order to reflect the diversity of her experiences and her view of the world, Sylvie Bonnot explores a variety of approaches and processes, as well as photographic modes. She can adopt a strictly documentary approach or favor experimentation, which increases the image’s evocative power, without ever questioning its power of representation. She then resorts to burning the negative, making incisions in the print, crumpling it up or peeling it off by detaching the thin film of silver gelatin and transposing this “moult” onto other media, whether it be fabric, a volume or the very walls of the exhibition. 

The works selected for a ppr oc he, featuring both organic and technical images, reflect the richness of her experimental practice which, literally and figuratively, reveals the skin of the world”. Étienne Hatt 

Sylvie Bonnot is a graduate of the École Nationale Supérieure d’Art de Dijon (2006). 

Winner of the CNES Space Observatory residency (2021), her exhibitions include: Mobile/ Immobile, Archives Nationales, 2019, Le Baïkal Intérieur, Bleu du Ciel, 2018, Contre-Courants, Musée de La Roche-sur-Yon, 2018. Her work is the subject of monographic publications such as Derrière la retenue, Fondation Facim & Actes Sud, 2017. 

Ségolène Brossette Galerie 

The Gallery aims to place photography and drawing in contemporary art through the work of mainly French artists, who are inspired by other artistic practices. Whether photography or drawing, these two arts are part of a whole that it is important to view as such, to broaden the spectrum so as to better approach the subject. Beyond the techniques used, the artists each evoke a sensibility to the world around us in their own way, whether it is on human nature, the relationship with the living or our civilization. 

Ségolène Brossette Galerie, 15 rue Guénégaud  — 75006 Paris 

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