The herculean force of ants, the perfect dramatic tension of a spider shadowing a butterfly on the pavement, a constellation of freckles on a naked shoulder. Jochen Lempert invites us to experience the ephemeral signs of nature, allowing us to enter into the magical iconography of his works to play with the phantasmagorical qualities of incredible and unexpected images. A qualified biologist, specialising in dragonflies, photographer from the age of 31, Jochen Lempert has plenty of experience. Starting with his fruitful period with Schmelzdahin, the experimental cinema collective, which laid the groundwork for his artistic practice, marked by natural images where animals and plants are absolute equals. These delicate and poetic images, always in black and white, map out the exhibition Jochen Lempert at the Centre Pompidou until the 4th of September, where, without chronological order, some of the earliest works by the German photographer flank more recent works. Each of the three sections of the exhibition revolve around the leitmotifs of Lempert’s work, offering a reflection on the dialogue between nature and culture. While the first section, Physiognomies/Morphologies, gathers studies of the forms and bodies of the vegetable, animal and human worlds, the second, entitled Bioluminescence, immortalises living organisms that absorb and emit light. And, finally, in Perception, the patient and humble vision of the artist reveals what is almost invisible to the naked eye. Through a 50 mm lens, Lempert invites us to see what nature offers, opening our eyes, taking our time.
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