Ezio D'AGOSTINO (photos, design), 3/3 (Book Design)

Alphabet. Les Halles 1979-2011

Bodonian HC (no dist jacket, as issued, 23,5
x 32 x 1 cm., 56 pp., 26 color ills with translucent color inserts, text language: English, Ltd. to 250 copies.
Skinnnerboox 2014.
ISBN 9788894031904

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The work is the result of the artist residence 'SFR Jeunes Talents' (Paris, 2011).

"The Forum des Halles symbolized in the '70s a new and ambitious architectural vision in the heart of the historical center of Paris.
In the place of the Baltard's Pavillions and the general markets, a new futuristic space that was supposed to contain veverything was created: trade, leisure, work, education and art. A monumental cement complex with subterranean layers brutalized the Beaubourg district.
Today, a new vision takes place: a new complex satisfying the contemporary aesthetic requirements will replace the Forum, suddenly considered obsolete.

These 26 pictures were took during the 1st phase of the demolition of the Forum des Halles, working on a concept of impermanence connected to facade criteria more than to the very durability of a building.
Twenty-six as the letters of the alphabet through which the Forum, thirty-two years after the construction and by this time esteemed as old, declares its own language at the moment of its falling and its oblivion." (Ezio D'AGOSTINO)

"That it is not about ‘hurried’ photography, not really about contemplation, but as Ezio D'AGOSTINO says himself, ‘about a photographic process which derives from my archaeology training’.
This means confronting time and pacting with it. The archaeologist, such as the photographer, divides the territory so that he can better explore it. The archaeologist digs it, then, with a layered and depth approach, he reveals the layers that will provide elements of interpretation and knowledge. Through his frame (which belongs only to him and which seldom has the scientific knowledge of the archaeologist), the photographer, too, divides, slices and cuts the space we know and we experiment so that we can see it differently, with other perspectives.

This lack of spectacular reveals a cut tree trunk surrounded by dying grass, which still resists while a poor plant, leaning on a green fence, tries, whereas dying, to climb out from a metallic gate. A bit further, in-depth, by the pool numbers define a podium, a winner and his runner-ups.
Then, soft chalk houses on a blackboard, half erased, a child’s drawing, a small bird lost on the red back of a plastic chair, waste behind a transparent and red plastic garbage bag, chromias and signs. A calm reading of a world which is not, sharp angles, material meeting, reflection and, as always, light such as the one that makes drops of water vibrating when they get away from some humble string lights." (Christian Caujolle)

AUSVERKAUFT

"Dieses bemerkenswerte Buch des italienischen Fotografen behandelt die aktuelle Phase der 'Les Halles' in Paris.
Ehemals Standort des Pariser Marktes im Zentrum (1er Arrondissement) der französischen Hauptstadt, beherbergt das Gelände u.a. den Umsteigebahnhof für die S-Bahn RER und der U-Bahn, der 'Metro', ein Einkaufszentrum sowie weitere unterirdische Einrichtungen, wie ein Schwimmbad und ein Auditorium und oberhalb den Stadtpark 'Jardin des Halles'.
Doch schon bald nach seiner Eröffnung galt er Mammut-Komplex als unübersichtlich - nicht nur bei Touristen -, so dass 2004 ein Wettbewerb für die erneute Umgestaltung des Areals in bester Lage ausgerufen wurde, den der Entwurf 'La Canopée' gewann.

D'AGOSTINO verfolgte die ersten Umbaumaßnahmen während seines Aufenthalts in der Pariser Künstlerresidenz; herausgekommen ist ein sowohl dokumentarisches als auch künstlerisches Fotobuch, das auf die Farben der Fotografien antwortet." (© Richard G. SPORLEDER)