Photo of the Week: Catherine Poncin

Photo of the Week - 28.11.14


Often described as a “post-photographer”, Catherine Poncin does not photograph but rather adopts images. Borrowing existing images from the press, flea markets or museum archives, the artist selects, re-frames and re-photographs details of images. De-contextualised, the fragments are re-contextualised in a new visual sentence by being assembled for what they evoke and suggest. Her images constitute a journey within sites, literature and history that casts a poetical and intuitive light on reality and imagination.

This photographic diptych symbolises the encounter of two men, Antoine Godeau and Nicolas Poussin, reunited here by the dove and Poncin’s delicate image. Antoine Godeau (1605-1672) was a French bishop, poet and exegete. He received the bishopric of Grasse and moved to Vence (South of France) in 1637. The fragment on the right was photographed in the seminary of Vence where Antoine Godeau lived. From the window, the beautiful scenery of Baou de St-Jeannet that Nicolas Poussin (1594 -1665), leading painter of French Classicism, painted in 1649 for his Landscape with Polyphemus (on the left / oil on canvas, 155 x 199 cm, held by State Hermitage Museum, St-Petersburg, Russia).

Her new exhibition Traversées is on at the Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire, Paris France from 4 December 2014 to 17 January 2015. 

selected by Claire Monneraye


Image: © Catherine Poncin, L’envol vers Polyphème, 2013, Archival pigment print on Hahnemühle paper 70 x 122 cm. Source: