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“Some time after being back in Paris, I took photographs of Afghan migrants who were catching a few hours’ sleep between daybreak and the arrival of the police, who come to move them on. The abandoned sleeping bags I had seen in the forest were once again inhabited by bodies I could only imagine ” says Mathieu Pernot about his Les Migrants series. In the latter, the migrants are reduced to the condition of simple forms. By showing them under their white sheets – just like phantoms or victims in a morgue, the photograph reveals their invisibility and their status of victim.
Vita / Bio / Life
Mathieu Pernot, born in 1970 in Fréjus (France), is a photographer whose work questions contemporary issues such as nomadic life and fragile nature of human beings confronted with the reality. He is represented in France by Eric Dupont gallery. In 2014 the Jeu de Paume (Paris) organised a personal exhibition of Mathieu Pernot, showing a selection of series created over the past twenty years. This retrospective exhibition has been shown in FoMu, Antwerp last year. In 2015, Mathieu Pernot has been exhibited in several personal exhibitions such as Destruccion in Spain (Galeria Senda), Fragments of History at the Picasso Museum in Vallauris (France). In 2016, he was notably part of two important exhibitions: Entre el mito y el espanto. El mediterráneo como conflicto (Institut Valencià d'Art Modern, Valencia, Spain), Dreaming of another world (Resistance and Deportation History Centre, Lyon, France). His works have been acquired by various institutions, including Centre Pompidou (National Museum of Modern Art, Paris), Fond national d’Art Contemporain (FNAC, Paris), Musée Carnavalet (Paris), Maison européenne de la photographie (Paris), Elysée’s Museum (Lausanne).
Mathieu Pernot geboren in Frejus, lebt und arbeitet in Paris.