© Georges Pacheco, Nelly et Anouk, 2011

 

Georges Pacheco :: Amalthée

Exhibition from Abril, 5 to May, 18 2014
Opening Abril 5 avril 2014 at 6.p.m. 

In 2007, George Pacheco was rewarded by the Voies Off jury for his series 'Le regard des aveugles'. Since then, we have followed the evolution of his work and we are glad to show the exhibition: 'Amalthée'. Revisiting the icon of the nursing virgin while questioning its representation in contemporary collective unconscious, this work is one of the major discoveries of the 2012 Voies Off Festival. 

 

Amalthée


« The title of this work derives from the name of the goat that nursed infant Zeus, according to Greek mythology. It consisted of photographing mothers with distinct personalities and diverse figures, each of them actually breastfeeding her baby, in the intimate atmosphere of my studio. It is meant to pay photo homage to this universal act, while borrowing references from Italian or Dutch Renaissance painting. There is also a reference to the sensuality which is common in most of the religious paintings since the Middle Ages, frequently close to profane subjects by including suggestive poses and nude figures.
By revisiting this icon of the nursing virgin, a central and recurring theme from the 15th to the 17th century, to the point of having marked our collective unconsciousness, I try to question the process of representation and incarnation of such an archetypal image by real and present times mothers, whom I ask to be in an «non-self» attitude, whilst fully living this privileged bond and intimate moment with their child.
One of the aims of this work is revealing the universality of this gesture by conveying a sense of timelessness: leaving out any traces of contemporary days, relieving each mother of everything that might give away a point in time or place, I focus on the mother and child relation, as well as on the beauty and emotion emanating from this breastfeeding moment. In order to achieve it I use minimal veils and drapes, to evoke the idea of timelessness and erase these women's identity features.
Inside my studio, as single spectator of this symbiotic scene, I observe, stare at and thus extract the evasive moments of state of grace, when the outlines of an «out of time» attitude are manifested along with the sensation of a pictorial déjà vu. Far from the idea of intending to plagiarize or imitate this or that representation of a nursing virgin by using a specific model, I try to understand how certain mechanisms of introjective identification operate, in the case of assimilation of simple and yet so powerful images as those of Christian iconography Madonnas. » 

Georges Pacheco

Georges Pacheco


After a Master of Psychology of art and a Master of Experimental psychology of perception at the University of Paris X , Georges Pacheco graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie in Arles in 2012.

The human and individual as well as social issues are at the heart of his works, which deaply examines the human condition through a unique photographic approach and « the self-portrait of the other. »


His photographs were exhibited, among others, in the Galerie du Château d’Eau in Toulouse, in the Centre portugais de la Photographie à Porto, in the Centre d’art contemporain Stimultania from Strasbourg and in the Galerie Immix in Paris. Georges Pacheco received some awards such as Le Prix de l’Atelier Voies Off 2007 in Arles, le Prix de la Photographie Paris PX3 and le coup de cœur de la Bourse du Talent #54 Portrait. He was one of the 16th finalist of the Prix Photographie de l’Académie des Beaux-Arts en 2009 and has been nominated Artist of the year 2013 par la London International Creative Competition.

More informations: www.georges-pacheco.com