Paradis

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The Eriskay Connection, 2022. Edition of 400 copies.
Softcover, 80 pp., b/w and color illustrated, 195 × 290 mm. Photographs by Orianne Thomasson. Text by Orianne Thomasson (English). Design by Rob van Hoesel.

A cabinet of curiosities – or Wunderkammer – exhibits a wide variety of objects and artefacts with a particular notion towards the rare, eclectic and esoteric. Through their selection of objects, they tell a particular story about the way humans see the natural and cultural world.

Inspired by this way of collecting, Oriane Thomasson (FR) created Paradis, where science and art, natural and artificial, come together to produce a new fiction. The collection is a mosaic of photographic work and archival materials. From images she made during her travels through the Far East, to botanical and mineralogical illustrations.

Paradis examines the different materialities of images and the way they influence our imagination. The work questions the concept of nature through its representations, and the myths from Western societies that stem from those. As a modern explorer, Thomasson brings together what she discovered and assembles the images into a new narrative through which we wander.

Woven through the images is a fictional text in which the reader is led to an unknown land, as an explorer discovering mysterious and unknown lands. Paradis is an invitation to rediscover nature’s ability to make us imagine, dream and build new stories.

Oriane Thomasson is a French artist based in Brussels. Through her photographic work, both analogue and digital, she explores the theme of paradise and nature, integrating archives and drawings with her own work. The materiality of the images and what they convey allow her to reflect on our visual imagination and the way these are constructed. Her work was exhibited at Contretype in Brussels, nominated for the Prix Caisse d’Épargne 2021 and part of the collective exhibition À bas Bruit.



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