Jean-Luc Moulène is one of the most important photographers working in the documentary style today, although he also revealed his sculptural production at the Pompidou Centre in 2017. He is a ferocious critic of neo-liberalism and the social relations it engenders. The game he likes to play is the use of scenes from daily life and other genre images (landscapes, portraits and still lifes) to “signify the value of things without valorising them.” For his scandalous sequence Filles d’Amsterdam shown in 2005 at the Jeu de Paume in Paris, he melded together two regimes of photography inherited from two inventions, the mug shots of Alphonse Bertillon and the stereoscopic porno photos of Auguste Belloc. OSMOSCOSMOS offers his video Les trois grâces. Exuding joy and generous abandon, three splendid sisters move in slow motion against a horizon line. With this proclamation of the sheer delight of being alive, Moulène interrogates beauty in its complexity, dynamics and constant change. We sense Dionysus – and Aphrodite – in this quest for excess.
*1955, Reims, lives and works in Paris
JEAN-LUC MOULÈNE, LES TROIS GRÂCES (THE THREE GRACES), 2012, HD VIDEO, 9’24, COURTESY OF THE ARTIST AND GALERIE CHANTAL CROUSEL, PARIS