Neither photographs nor art objects in the fullest sense, these images have all undergone a "machination" aimed at "diverting" the function of the originals. The motives and reasons underlying this process vary considerably in nature and intent and can be difficult to explain.
Having made their debut in the mid-19th century, these creations, like paper photography, disappeared with the advent of digital technology. They form a body of work ranging from simple cut-outs to more complex combinations of painting, drawing, embroidery, collage and other processes.
Accumulation of this kind of material reveals similarities which, regardless of their geographical origin and period of production, make it possible to form ensembles. The exhibition is thus divided into different categories that refer to themes and practices inherent in anonymous photography generally.
This "diverting" of family photographs ties in with the outputs of Art Brut artists who, it should be remembered, disregard artistic conventions, revisiting as they see fit everything that comes to hand and gleefully reinterpreting the models they sometimes use or are inspired by.
This group of works was donated to the Collection de l’Art Brut in 2021 by Antoine Gentil and Lucas Reitalov.
Curator: Antoine Gentil.