Patrick Tourneboeuf

Photographer invited to the Festival Planche (s) Contact in 2016

© Patrick Tourneboeuf for Board (s) Contact 2016
© Patrick Tourneboeuf for Board (s) Contact 2016

The interior journey from the room to the anteroom: Hôtel Barrière Le Normandy

Born in 1966 in Paris, Patrick Tourneboeuf is co-founder of the Tendance Floue collective, created in 1991.
He works in the meticulous observation of the banal, of its light imprints, practically intangible, erased by time. If his subjects of study are numerous, all are distinguished by their fine and thoughtful perception of the relationships that man maintains with his environment. In the 1990s, he carried out a study of common places in urban space, with the Périphérique and Nulle Part series. His photographic approach seeks to retrace the human presence on sites linked to history. Several series thus question our places of memories and the fixation of the stigmata of the past, including the series La Cicatrice, on the traces of the Berlin Wall and La Mémoire du Jour D, on the landing beaches. At the same time, Patrick Tourneboeuf responds to commissions from public institutions including the Grand Palais, the Palace of Versailles or the National Odéon theater.

In Deauville, as part of the Planche (s) Contact festival

In continuation of his series Monumental carried out on the sites of memory, Patrick Tourneboeuf was invited to Deauville for an immersion in the Normandy hotel.
Thanks to a systematic vision going beyond its simple documentary plasticity, Patrick Tourneboeuf delivers a singular and curious look at the most famous hotel in Deauville. He questions its present and past identity, through the prism of its recent renovation, but also linked to its sociological and historical changes. Thought as an inner quest, this work is less a pure documentary than a sensitive, almost carnal, approach to the memory of the establishment.

Patrick Tourneboeuf about his exhibition The interior journey from the room to the anteroom: Hôtel Barrière Le Normandy
"Here I am immersed in the liner Le Normandy, this monumental establishment stranded on the Normandy shore, marked by its history since 1912. 
It is an interior journey that is offered to me, a stay of contemplation where I let myself slip into the felted spirit of the intimacy of the spaces, passing from my bedroom to the anteroom, stigmatizing the obvious to grasp the 'ordinary. Which in my case means capturing the spirit of these places, like the wake left by the comings and goings of men, stealthily leaving traces. I venture into somewhat blurred regions where the thresholds between the public and the private seem to hesitate, where any stay can only be temporary. 

In this intimate closed space, I meet the beds unmade by temporary passengers in the early mornings, I wander behind the scenes for a few details of kitchen utensils, uniforms or linens at rest. I stubbornly observe the endless perspectives of the colored corridors echoing the passageways of the ship. 
Even the exits of chimneys on the roof send us back to the notion of cruise, as if we were sailing at night towards other horizons ... And the sea, the beach, the night which marks with an exclamation mark the last word of this story. I let myself go, without return.


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