Tendance Floue (collective) in Carleton-sur-Mer (Carleton sector) (2013)The creation of Tendance Floue, in 1991, was born of an unshakable determination to conserve a certain form of independence, a guarantor of each person’s freedom.
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August 10 to September 11 2013
Art center Vaste et Vague | 774, boulevard Perron | Carleton | View map
Montreuil (France) | www.tendancefloue.net
The collective was also born of an eagerness to explore the world in a way that runs counter to a globalized image, to look into the shadows of the exposed subjects, to capture instants disparately.
Press, publishing, exhibits, projections, collectors’ prints, corporate and institutional communications: the collective opens all doors, tackles all forms of contemporary photography, with nothing off-limits.
For over 20 years, an indefinable alchemy of ideas and energies has made it possible to create a singular photographic idiom, to reflect on the tendencies in the photo essay and to endeavor to renew the field of narration.
The 10 photographers in the collective taking part in Rencontres are Pascal Aimar, Thierry Ardouin, Jérôme Brézillon, Denis Bourges, Gilles Coulon, Olivier Culmann, Mat Jacob, Philippe Lopparelli, Meyer, and Patrick Tournebœuf.
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On March 25, 2004, at 0:00 GMT, the photographers of Tendance Floue, posted in 10 countries, all pressed the shutter at the same time. They stayed for 24 hours at the spot they’d chosen, an intersection involving out-of-town roads, cities or waterways. Their cameras collected 24 hours’ worth of material from the world. The same slice of time. Not the same slice of life.
- “Mad in France,” Institut Français / Photoespana, Madrid, Spain
- “The Social Landscape Project,” Rencontres internationales de la photographie d’Arles, Arles, France
Recent or significant group exhibits
- “Mad in France,” Institut français, Valencia, Spain
- “Tendance Floue, 20 ans” (Tendance Floue, 20 Years), Rencontres internationales de la photographie d’Arles, Arles, France
- “Tendance Floue, 20 ans,” in various galleries: Baudoin Lebon, Les Filles du Calvaire, Hôtel de Sauroy, La Petite Poule Noire, La Galerie Particulière, Paris, France
Distinctions or awards
- World Press Photo prize, Contemporary Issues category, for Olivier Culmann’s “Télé-spectateurs” (Television Viewers)
- Infinity Award, publication category, from the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York, for the book Sommes-nous? (Are We?) (Tendance Floue, Naïve Livre and Jean di Sciullo Éditions, 2006, 176 pages)
- 2007 Prix Niépce (France), awarded to Bertrand Meunier for his series ERASED, la face cachée du miracle économique chinois (ERASED: The Hidden Face of the Chinese Economic Miracle) (China, 1999-2007)
- Mad in Sète, photographs by Tendance Floue and Bieke Depoorter, with texts by Rémy Fière, Joaquim Caroça, Christian Caujolle, Coralie Dubost, Willy Le Devin and Philippe Saule. CéTàVOIR, 2011, 108 pages.
- Mad in France, photographs by Tendance Floue and Jean-Christian Bourcart, with texts by Cécile Cazenave, André Benedetto, A.H. Benotman, Frank Gatti, Marie Bardet, Simon Guibert, Eric La Blanche, René Lew, Jacques Maby, E. Renault, Pascale Égre, Patrick Viveret, Vincent Glenn, Willy Persello and Marie-José Hubbaud. Tendance Floue Éditions, 2009, 432 pages.