HOMO URBANUS EUROPEANUS BY JEAN-MARC CARACCI
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About The Event
Baku Street Photo Festival presents the opening of the solo exhibition “Homo Urbanus Europeanus” by Jean-Marc Caracci (France). The exhibition is organised by the Delegation of the European Union to Azerbaijan and YARAT Contemporary Art Space within the framework of Europe Days will showcase 27 EU capitals and will last till May 29.
The “Homo Urbanus Europeanus” exhibition is showcasing lonely characters, human beings shooted in urban backgrounds. Its author, the artist-photographer Jean Marc Caracci, has covered urban landscapes the same way an archaeologist observes, looks for, digs up, and tries to reconstruct some primitive spaces. He observed the city inhabitants and their environment like a biologist studies within a cell.
Each picture of the series “HUE”, by the accuracy of its framing and its crisp style, sounds like a hymn to the magnificent citizen. This character walking, stopping, and weaving through the city, often lonely but no less proud and determined, does not show any kind of alienation, but rather has the stature of a conqueror. European capitals photographed, each in the same style, sober and without any cultural or social visibility, thus favoring the similarity to the difference, the “europeanity” to the diversity.
As Caracci said, “This human presence, this silhouette captured with fineness, always in the right place at the right time, gives the city an unexpected beauty and majesty". The “Homo Urbanus Europeanus” project started in Bratislava, in June 2007. Until now 25 European capitals and metropoles have been visited already in the framework of the project... Next year, in 2022, Jean-Marc Caracci is planning to visit Baku and include the capital of Azerbaijan in the series of “Homo Urbanus Europeanus”.
“Homo Urbanus Europeanus” exhibition has been held in 27 countries: Poland, France, Spain, Bulgaria, Germany, United Kingdom, Australia, Estonia, Czech Republic, Finland, Macedonia, China, South Korea, Slovenia, Slovakia, Ukraine, Croatia, Austria, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Burkina Faso, Cyprus, Brazil, Ivory Coast, Zimbabwe, Trinidad & Tobago, Peru.
Jean-Marc Caracci (b. 1958, Tunisia) lives and works in Paris. In his early childhood with help and support from his elder brother, he started photographing and using the darkroom at the age of 15. When he was 20, he joined the army and was fortunate to be appointed the official photographer of the regiment. Being a self-taught photographer, during his time in the army he developed his skills and technical expertise in photographing people. He has always focused on Man as a representation of belonging, and rarely as a social object. His work is strongly influenced by photographers like Henri Cartier Bresson, Elliott Erwitt, Raymond Depardon… and also by the American painter Edward Hopper.
Exhibition curated by: Fakhriyya Mammadova
Dates: May 20 – 29, 2021
Venue: Museum of Azerbaijani Painting of the XX-XXI Centuries, 2nd floor
Bayil District, National Flag Square
The exhibition opens: Tuesday – Sunday from 12:00 – 20:00
Admission is free
*Please note that due to the pandemic restrictions, the number of visitors are restricted to up to 8 people in the exhibition space