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Past Exhibition

Thibaut Duchenne

Prise de terre

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Galerie Pugliese Levi is pleased to present the work of Thibaut Duchenne, French farmer and photographer. Haunted by the abandoned places in his agricultural world, he photographs them over and over again, never getting weary. His images give a nostalgic beauty to that which might otherwise seem insignificant and almost trivial.

Galerie Pugliese Levi shows the photographs of the French farmer and photographer Thibaut Duchenne. With a direct take on his environment beyond established traditions and techniques, a rural world is unveiled that is about to disappear but continues its life in evocative forms. His pictures, shot literally on the go to daily work and saturated by personal experience, are of a poetic realism which leaves room for loneliness and yet is immediately attractive.

The beet and cereal grower Thibaut Duchenne takes us along to buildings and fields on the quest for a second nature, which emerges when cultivation work stops. His journeys of discovery, from the family farm in northern France to abandoned places in the USA, yield photographs which are “idyllic but perturbing, natural but motionless, civilized yet devoid of mankind” (Étienne Gatti).

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Artist Profile

Thibaut Duchenne was born in the French region of Picardy in 1966. After having completed his studies of agriculture he took over the family farm. At the age of 35 his father gave him a camera. From this decisive moment onwards, he started to accompany his daily labour on the farm with a photographic activity. Progressively his photographic work took him further away from the farm, always on the quest for places abandoned by humankind. 

Thibaut Duchenne first exposed his work to an art audience in 2012, at the 57th edition of the Salon de Montrouge, where the art critic and curator Étienne Gatti first acknowledged his work.

His photographs have since been published and exhibited in a number of magazines and events, including L’Œil de la photographie, the Green Flowers Art Gallery, and the exhibitions Salon Photo off (2014, 5th edition, La Bellevilloise, Paris), Parti(e) du paysage by Galerie Simon Cau, Art is Hope at Galerie Perrotin (Paris, 2016), As You Like It -- C’est Comme Vous Voulez, Praz Delavallade (Los Angeles, 2018), D’un vide à l’autre, Septième Galerie (Paris, 2020).

His first two solo shows in Berlin at Galerie Pugliese Levi, Prise de Terre in 2017 and Solitude in 2018, have sparked considerable attention. A catalogue of the exhibition Prise de terre is available.

Thibaut Duchenne at his farm