Thierry Lathoud

France

 

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The Artist

Thierry lathoud has started photography very young. Then he stored his camera and abandoned the lab for thirty years to take it up again some years digitally.

He enjoys to translate his photographic vision in a quite different way than what we nowadays use to see, whether in colour or in black and white. His main influences are artists like Daido Moriyama, Tahara Keïchi, Fukase or Titarenko.

It is as an author that he practices photography today.

 
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"Paysages d'Hivers" Series - Thierry Lathoud

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"Urban Cacophonies" Series - Thierry Lathoud

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Solo Shows

  • 2019 Grenoble - Ancien musée de la peinture - Imaginaire  Invisible

  • 2017- 2018-2019 Paysage d’hivers    -  Dept de l’Isère - expo mobile sls- paysage paysage

  • 2017 Fontaine - Galerie Origin    le mois de la photo en OFF

  • 2017 Le Fontanil - L’Atrium

  • 2016 Arles - Galerie éphémère Pygmaphore

  • 2016 Grenoble - Galerie  l’Art & la Raison : « Déambulations »

  • 2015 Grenoble - Fresh Art Café - « Street art  - Street photography : Regards de femmes »

 

Group Shows

  • 2018 - 2019  Grenoble  Galerie La Vina  - 5 th Element

  • 2018 Arles on  - Les Rencontres d'Arles

  • 2018 Grenoble  - Ancien musée de la peinture  - jeux d’hivers jeux divers

  • 2016 Grenoble  - Ancien musée de la peinture  - Regard féminin

  • 2016 Grenoble - L’Aiguillage - le vivre ensemble

  • 2016 Grenoble - L’Aiguillage - la différence

  • 2015 Grenoble  - Street art Street photography - Regards de femmes

  • 2014 St Hilaire   - Eglise de St Hilaire - Cuba

  • 2013 Grenoble  - Cuba

 


 

"Seas and Shores" Series - Thierry Lathoud

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"Heavenly Ghosts" Series - Thierry Lathoud

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Exhibitions

 
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" Tauromachy" - Thierry Lathoud

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Book

 

  • 2018 - "Là-bas" - Corridor Elephant Publishing House -  ISBN : 978-2-37228-107-2

Publications

  • 2018   Beaux Quartiers

  • 2017 - Montagne magazine

  • 2017 - Le Dauphiné Libéré  du 14/11/2017

  • 2017 - Brochure l’Atrium

  • 2017 - Le Petit Bulletin

  • 2017 - Le Dauphiné Libéré

  • 2016 - Le Petit Bulletin

  • 2016 - les affiches

  • 2016 - Le Dauphiné Libéré

  • 2015 - Le Dauphiné Libéré

  • 2013 - Le Petit Bulletin

" Tauromachy" - Thierry Lathoud

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" Tauromachy" - Thierry Lathoud

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"Book & Publications"

 
 
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" Danae" - "Metamorphosis" Series

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" Golden Rain 2" - "Metamorphosis" Series

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In our society at the end of a cycle, far from the myths, in these times of epidemics, of Covid 19, a metamorphosis of our environment, of our ways of living, of our behaviours, has taken place. It is no longer just a matter of talking about the
imagination of the living fascinated by limbo, but also of the attempt to draw from its very depths the strength that would guide from the unnamed to the definable.


The photographic series «Metamorphosis» is a collection of  living natures ; composed of creatures, halfway between humans and trees, like imaginary beings, goblins or egkantos, it gives birth to a series of phantasmagorical landscapes...
It invokes the myths of Ovid (the Hell fires), of the Golden Rain over Danae (daughter of Acrisios, king of Argos), of the fisherman Dyctis saving Danae and Perseus, of Perseus and Medusa (the Graeae), this womb world with roots still anchored in the chaos from which the being emerges (between two waters), lost, gesticulating, metamorphosed in the nature and its forests, naked and faceless body.

Mutations being inherent to nature, it is through the earth and the vegetal that the photographs operate.

This photographic series was printed on different types of low-weight tissue paper, thus reinforcing the imaginary feature of each artwork.  Sometimes photograph and paper even merge into each other to become one.

On each photograph, a 22-carat gold leaf enhancement emphasises the Golden Rain, the metamorphosis used by Zeus to deceive Acrisios, visit Danae and engender Perseus.

" The Womb" - "Metamorphosis" Series

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" Dictys" - "Metamorphosis" Series

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" Fragments #4" - Thierry Lathoud

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" Fragments #4" - Thierry Lathoud

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To speak of memory, to speak of the past… there are the souvenirs, the details, the thoughts, the dreams, the images into the picture «there are the bodies, forgotten or not, fragments of a life which will remain for us - Jl Poitevin», hanging somewhere. Then there are the words, the involuntary confessions of a thought resonating from detail to detail.

In my «Fragments» series, I used the photo-composition technique on some of the artworks in order to mix the two eras from photographs, fragments of posters, etc.

Each time it is a real bridge between two visible and invisible worlds, lived memories or not.  Paul Ricoeur, in his book «Memory, History, Forgetting», worried about the abuse of memory in our relationship with history. This «Fragments» project is a response to forgetfulness, to the excessive forgetting of history. Without history, our past no longer exists and our memory is only a bridge between past and future. A society cannot project itself into the future without reconciling itself with its past.

The 20th century has witnessed computerisation with, at first, the coding of punched cards. Our world is now governed by computers and our memories are stored in the shelves of super libraries managed by super computers. Tracing is our reality.


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To explore our memory through dreams, to bring out memories not experienced by ourselves but experienced by others, by our forefathers. Indelible memories marked, recorded like a brainwashing, so that certain images are associated with events not experienced by us but by historical facts...Stalin - Presley - Mao - Berlin -Lyndon Johnson - Castro or for us inhabitants of Grenoble in 1968 with Winter Olympic Games, the time of the Vietnam war, 68 is also May kinda Revolution, an image recorded in our memories since it comes from a near past and was experienced by our generation.

" Fragments #18" - Thierry Lathoud

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Hasn’t Coca Cola, a brand, accompanied the entire geopolitical history of the 20th century? Is it not a silent witness or perhaps a major player? Haven’t some politicians like Mao been brands too? Didn’t Handy Warhol immortalise Mao as a Warholian art figure on the same level as Coca-Cola?

" Fragments #11a + 11b" - Thierry Lathoud

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"Fragment" Series

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"Metamorphosis" Series

 
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" Fragments #12" - Thierry Lathoud

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With Thierry Lathoud's photography, we know immediately that there will be no lies, no pretence, no superfluous artifice... Here are sober, sincere, honest, authentic Photography and Art, as much as the artist is himself. In Thierry, one immediately recognizes the man of integrity, in love with photography and who fully dedicates all of his body and soul to it. There is all the seriousness of a photographer who masters the technique, who knows where he wants to go, who owns the art and the way to say things, precisely, with tact and respect, whether the subject is marked by nature or by the human being.
But there is also, and above all, a beautiful poetry that moves me, not a mawkish or imitative poetry, nor is it grandiloquent or outrageous. It is a poetry that is composed, thoughtful, argued and yet emanates directly from the heart, appealing to unfiltered feeling, the poetry of the Seer in the Rimbaldian sense of the term, and when you know that Arthur Rimbaud is by far my favourite author, that is how great the compliment is ! Let me explain: Thierry Lathoud belongs to that privileged caste that can see and feel what the others, us, the common people, cannot see. Where the common man only knows or can merely see a landscape, a forest (if even he can still see them), Thierry SEES the living reminiscences of Danae and Zeus, of their crazy and magnificent love story, of the magic golden rain that fecundated Danae, of the blessed birth of Perseus, of the exodus, imprisonment and escape of the daughter of Acrisios, king of Argos, of Dictys saving Danae and Perseus from a certain death while they are locked in a chest ("Metamorphosis" series)... He feels the burning hell, almost burns with it but fornutately escape with the premonition of Acrysios' death and he is definitely right to the point of making us dicovering, at last, that true existing reality which we were tritely going to pass by without the slightest attention, the one that only extralucent poetry detects over and above what we sadly believe to be a banal daily routine.
So when he calls upon memories, either those we have lived or those that one is trying to inculcate or make us forget, to transform to us under accommodating or deliberately deceptive auspices, he knows how to avoid sinking into amnesia, how to expunge the substantive marrow by a meticulous decoding and how to give us life again at last, rich again with our own free will and our critical sense finally rid of the instilled beliefs or the blindness cultivated by a society both sanitized and corrupted, by reviving our own reflection through the immersive exercise in naked History, stripped of its grotesque artifices ("Fragments" Series).
How precious and beautiful it is!
So, to say that the pleasure of hosting Thierry Lathoud's beautiful exhibition at The ONE Museum is immense would probably not be enough!

Thierry Gulian

Curator at The ONE Museum

 
 
 

The Word from The Curator