The work of the photographer Denis Darzacq questions the construction of what we understand to be “normal” through the standardization of tastes, ideas and attitudes. As such, it challenges the limits of a constrictive homogeneity by highlighting the potential that emerges from ethnic and social minorities, or from people with physical or mental disabilities. The artist delves into the roles the individual and alterity play in a society that ignores difference in favor of a normatization of bodies and behaviours grounded in hegemonic ways of living and socializing.
In the series Hyper, Darzacq invited youths to perform street-dance moves in a hypermarket. Photographed in mid-air, these youths seem to float effortlessly, defying gravity in one of the most emblematic spaces of mass consumption. Taken not long after the 2005 riots in the outskirts of Paris, the inertia of the dancers’ bodies seen against the packed shelves suggests rebelliousness and a desire for freedom from the established order.
The series Doublemix, which the artist is also presenting at the Triennial, captures the uncanny cohabitation of two apparently distinct realities: the artist’s photographs juxtaposed with the earthenware objects of Anna-Iris Lüneman. The strange and intrusive presence of these abstract sculptures seems to jar with the possible meanings and narrative potential of the photographs, conjuring a hybrid space between the pixel and glazed clay.