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Memory Lapses

In a series that revisits places heavy with nostalgia, Montreal-based photographer François Ollivier constructs sculptures that erase themselves through the flash of his camera.

 

‘Memory Lapses’ are temporary installations built by François in places that are important to him — from Montréal to Roquebrune sur Argens and the coastline of Portugal, each place selected because of its connection to François’ emotional history.

Though the sculptures look as if they have been removed from the photographs — they haven’t. “The sculpture erases itself in the process,” François explains, “It’s not photoshopped out. It’s actual subtraction by light.” 

Created using a reflective material, when exposed to a bright flash the sculptures seemingly cease to exist; “The light of the flash makes it so white that there is no data anymore in that part of the image. It’s gone. Burnt out. Timing was important, it had to be made at the right hour, at sunset when there is still daylight so that you can’t tell that I used a flash.” 

These subtractions alter the landscape of the image and distort our perception, much like time and distance.