Franck Gérard

Photographer, France

Photographer Franck Gérard was born in Poitiers, France, in 1972 and graduated from the Ecole supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Nantes. Through his photographs, he seeks to capture the unusual, the incongruous, and the wondrous of reality. In 2013, the artist was commissioned to create the series Manifester En l’Etat by the Ministry of Culture, in Marseille. Among other venues, his work has been exhibited at Lieu Unique in Nantes, at Domaine de Kerguéhennec, Morbihan, at Fondation d’entreprise Ricard in Paris, at Centre Georges Pompidou-Metz, and at Rencontres d’Arles.

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The Calanques National Park contains several boundaries. It encompasses frictions between entities that have to coexist: the nature and the city, but also between its very users (such as hikers, inhabitants, and scientists). Franck Gérard had planed to wander through the Park to observe the landscape. Then he logged his observations in a residency diary. The project represented an investigation, a reflection on our connections with nature—and especially with the idyllic environment of the Calanques National Park.

Franck Gérard was in residency at Camargo in 2018 and 2019.

The project is still in development in 2019 thanks to the support of the Préfecture des Bouches-du-Rhône.