ContinuEd Project Space: Pierre-Yves Linot
STUDENTS SHARE THEIR ARTWORK AT SVACE
December 3, 2018
by Michael Bilsborough
Visit our ContinuEd Project Space, where we are pleased to present Immigrant Song, an exhibition of photographs by Pierre-Yves Linot, who is a recent SVACE student. Immigrant Song will be on view throughout December in our exhibition spaces located at 209 East 23rd Street and 380 2nd Ave, 8th floor.
Linot produced this artwork in conjunction with multiple Continuing Education Photography courses, including Digital Photography with Todd Carroll, Black and White Photography with Michael Katchen, Articulating Your Vision: The Art of Portfolio with Keren Moscovitch, and Trends in Photography and Contemporary Art with Brian Appel.
The artist writes:
“The inhumanity of Trump's policy against immigrants has aroused my anger. As an immigrant to the United States myself, this aggression has inspired me to start a new project.
Immigrant Song consists of diptychs, each one including the portrait of an immigrant and a still life of the arrangement he or she made with four stones. The underlying idea is to shoot a double portrait, figural and abstract: one showing the face, the other something that the individuals have created.
These photographs are part of an ongoing project where I explore through interviews, written words, and objects what it means to be uprooted. With this work, I try to give a voice to immigrants and to let their pride shine through.
I photograph my subjects using a Holga plastic lens, which lacks definition, to transcribe some of the loss of identity. To print my images, I use an alcohol transfer process to watercolor paper that symbolizes the movement from one country to another and from one life to another. This technique can be unpredictable like the immigration process and show some unexpected results. Because of that, each print is unique.”