Born in France in 1966 of a French mother and a Vietnamese father, Jean-Baptiste Huynh taught himself to play light to photograph, enlighten and print his work. The book holds a major place in the knowledge of his work, now exhibited in a great retrospective in musée Guimet (National Museum of Asian Arts-Guimet). Infinite Asia, the name chosen for the exhibition, is also the title of the book he designed. Much more than a catalogue, he perpetuates this tradition of the book as another staging of his work.
If the presence of Asia is at the heart of his work, it is through recurring themes that he studies it, such as the nude, the portrait, the plant and the mineral, the matter. With a constant search for the refinement, the perfect line of forms or their associations, he leads us in his quest for what seems to be of the order of the timeless: the Beautiful.
Inspired by the faces or the feminine bodies, Infinis of Asia revisiting the pieces of the Guimet Museum from the collections to continue to show the fascination they exert on him and on us. It is a poetic and formal journey that transccrosses cultures and leads us to infinity.
They talk about it...
knowledge of the Arts, January 2019. "Our image does not belong to us, it exists in the eyes of the other,"says Jean-Baptiste Huynh . The Guimet Museum hosts the first retrospective of the work of the Franco-Vietnamese photographer, portraits and still lifes made in Asia (Vietnam, India, Japan, China, Cambodia...) For more than twenty years. The author of the series Mirrors (2006) also photographed a selection of works from the collections of the Museum (tea bowls, Buddhist deities, mirrors...) and reveals his last unpublished series, reflection, dedicated to the beauty of the woman Asian.
Polka, March-May 2019 (excerpts from an interview with Jean-Baptiste Huynh ). About the exhibition: "It's a real white card, which I have conceived in an autobiographical way since it follows my personal history." It is composed of three parts, like three voyages. About the black walls of the exhibition: I wanted a refined scenography, as in my images. I photograph on dark background. My idea is to place the visitor in the same face-to-face as the one I experience when shooting. " about his reflection series:The Mirror always inspired me. It is the object of self-knowledge, but also one that allows us to know the infinitely far thanks to telescopes and the infinitely small with microscopes. (...) With reflection, I illuminate the mercury particles of mirrors of the eighteenth century so as to capture a twinkle which is a kind of metaphorical cosmos in which appears the reflection of the person photographed, whose image is slightly diffuse. . about his working protocols : I have developed a very simplified shooting process: a single source of light, a single optic, a black background that allows to isolate the subject from its social context to concentrate on its Interiority ".
The world of Religions, March 2019 (excerpts). Asia and the obsession with time that passes mark the work of the photographer Jean-Baptiste Huynh , exposed to MNAAG. (...) The clichés of Huyen, a Vietnamese photographed at different times of her life, show this desire to seize the passage of years on a face, illustrating the progression towards maturity. (...) The materials he photographs – stone, wood, mirror – defy the effects of time and present a solid anchor in the real. (...) Mingling the poetry of the Ephemeral to the majesty of matter, Jean-Baptiste Huynh sought to evoke the radiance and spirituality of a face. Marjorie Charpentier.
Jean-Baptiste Huynh is represented by the Gallery Liz & Co.
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