Fondation Vincent van Gogh Arles
Pierre Joseph

26, rue du Docteur Potain, 75019, Paris, France


Arthur Fouray

Pierre Joseph (born in Caen, 1965, lives and works in Paris) tells at DOC a simple story. The exhibition Fondation Vincent van Gogh Arles follows the lineage of rural scenes painted during the XIXth century by Vincent van Gogh and Jean-Francois Millet. After his show Hypernormandie at La Galerie Noisy–le–Sec, he virtually explores a science–fiction sequel of the impressionists’ works.

He parasitizes keywords, hashtags, bluring yet clarifying the possible leads of his solo show. Pierre Joseph plays with the codes of normative mythologies, of a technological society obsessed by an organic & natural ideal. He was triggered by the exhibition La Vie Simple – Simplement la vie / Songs of Alienation by Bice Curiger and Julia Marchand at Fondation Vincent van Gogh Arles in 2018. La Vie Simple sought to decipher the relationship of artists in keeping with a natural way of life. Displacement of a real context to a temporary exhibition, Fondation Vincent van Gogh Arles sets the tone.

Are we “Rue du Docteur Fanton” or “rue du Docteur Potain” ? This keyword slide, here a landslide brings us to a potato field. A XXIst century potatoe field. Storage, industrial potatoes display, Fondation Vincent van Gogh Arles takes us to a “Rungis” (International Market) aisle. Almost communist in the constancy of the photographs and their subjects, this presentation lays the idea of a potato, simple, naked, peeled of any qualifier. Some germs and the pinkish tone of their film punctuate the dried dirt surrounding potatoes. The tiny details are as many focal points inside this potatoes cosmos to highlight a simple truth: potatoes.

How to disconnect the subject from any political, social, ideological, historical issue, in order to convey the “potato” object in the most modest fashion ? Pierre Joseph digs the perspective of a simple potato. He looks for the direct and trivial attitude of XIXth century painters when they painted peasants, fields, meals, still lives. Today, with this accelerated information overflow, the task is, precisely not so simple. Just search for hashtags “#potatoes”, “#spuds” (and their variations, including Esperanto) on social networks or search engines to understand the abundance and diversity of the starchy crop vocabulary. The exhibition is built with and thanks to the potato. From the starch that fixes the image on film to the starchy paste that links the forty–five “endless photographs” to DOC’s wall. Pierre Joseph restricts the vocabulary in order to discern specific categories, clear intentions.

The potato, the seriality, the contextual shift. All these components blend together and genuinely generate the experience of the exhibition in an extended space–time setting. Today or in 10 years, here or somewhere else, Pierre Joseph presents us a living ecosystem that has developed since the start of the project, that is expressed during the time of the exhibition and that will be altered tomorrow.

Arthur Fouray

Aurélien Mole

Air de Paris
Florence Bonnefous
Jérémie Bonnefous
Julie Boukobza
Elsa Carnielli
Lauren Coullard
Bice Curiger
Philippe Decrauzat
Nicolas Degrange
Fondation Vincent van Gogh Arles
Maja Hoffmann
Julia Marchand
Édouard Merino
Ana Mendoza Aldana


La Nuit Juste avant les Forêts
Carlotta Bailly–Borg
Benjamin Husson
Matthew Lutz–Kinoy
Flora Moscovici
Rallou Panagiotou

Paris, France

Group Show

Corentin Canesson
Lucas Erin
Arthur Fouray
Eva Vaslamatzi

Press Release
When the night has come the city looks like a forest
a man is getting prepared
he puts on the Soir de Paris fragrance
to go out on the woods again
“Another hard day in the jungle
Another hard day in the zoo”

He is a dealer, a murderer, a brother, a sinner
he is totally a Koltès character
Across the city that he leaves in his wake
he is waiting for someone
his possible victim

The one that will show him immediately his true face,
that will reveal secrets, never told even to his closest friends
Someone that although had planned to go from point A to point B
changed his mind
and stopped in the middle to meet him

The world outside is cruel
just as the inside
and the forest–jungle–zoo looking city
seems now at the time of night/evening/dusk
just like the right place to be.

Eva Vaslamatzi

Paul Nicoué

Théo Carrere
Nicolas Fulconis
Jean Philip Lucas
Thibault Tavernier
Alexis Tolmatchev


Terrasse 2017—
Alfredo Aceto
Virginia Ariu
Diego de Atucha
Josse Bailly
Rose Ballmer
Jacques Bonnard
Paul Bonnet
Fabian Boschung
Noémie Boulon
Francesco Cagnin
Corentin Canesson & Damien Le Dévédec
Loucia Carlier
Christophe de Rohan Chabot
Lorraine Châteaux
Adrien Chevalley
Aisha Christison
Philippe Decrauzat
Nicolas Degrange
Basile Dinbergs
Natacha Donzé
Guillaume Ehinger
Lucas Erin
Agnès Ferla
Pierre Girardin
Gitte Hendrikx
Simone Holliger
Thomas Jeppe
Thomas Koenig
Stéphane Kropf
Elise Lammer
Tristan Lavoyer
Renaud Loda
Francois Mark
Guy Meldem
Guillaume Pilet
Sabrina Röthlisberger
Jessica Russ
Matthias Sohr
Sylvain Croci–Torti
Sébastien Verdon
Paulo Wirz
Alicia Zaton

Silicon IVIalley
Av. du Chablais 18, 1008 Prilly, Switzerland

Group Show

Grégoire Bolay
Julien Fischer
Arthur Fouray
Frédéric Gabioud
Baker Wardlaw

Frédéric Gabioud

All Artists
Grégoire Bolay
Julien Fischer
Frédéric Gabioud
Paul Nicoué
Baker Wardlaw

Arthur Fouray

55 Boulevard de la Villette
75010, Paris, France

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