Under the circumstances that have marked the world, we invite you to discover VIRUS, Antoine d’Agata’s view of Covid-19 and its social and political resonances. The exhibition will present an installation of 1000 images out of the 13,000 produced by Antoine d’Agata between March 11 and May 11, 2020 and foreshadows the release on October 29, 2020 of the artist’s new Opus edited by Studio Vortex.

From the first day of confinement following the outbreak of the Covid-19 epidemic, Antoine d’Agata roamed the streets of Paris with a thermal camera to record the viral epidemic that turned the city into a strange theatre of wandering souls, bowed heads and fleeing bodies. Initially attracted by the way in which the thermodynamic device records the various infrared rays (heat waves) emitted by bodies, which vary according to their temperature, the artist was soon fascinated by a process that reduces human subjects to essential figures, devoid of superfluous characteristics or specificities.

It is in this ambivalence between solidarity and contamination, this inevitability of social and physiological death, that I tried to apprehend, traversing a language of senses and of resistance that transfigures the body. The thermal image freezes forms, postures, figures, poses, zones imperceptible to the naked eye.

Antoine d'Agata

Fondation Brownstone
26 Rue Saint-Gilles
75003 Paris, France

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