Marjolaine Gallet

I Feel Bad About Inanimate Objects all the Time

“A thing that is not alive, something that doesn’t breathe or live, and yet palm trees, a pomegranate, the possibility of a snake: these fragments make up Gallet’s “I Feel Bad About Inanimate Objects” series, shot in Thailand over the course of three months. It seeks, to paraphrase the authors’words, to tease narrative meaning from sequences of both posed and accidental photowork. The photographer hopes to make manifest objects’ capacity to trigger social interaction, and her trip to Thailand, a country with “an animist perspective”, offered an opportunity to do so. The selection, in two parts, presents color shots of objects isolated from their surroundings (a fruit, a statue, a covered car) and black and white images showing anecdotal evidence of resilient growth in an urban setting. The latter are both monumental and powerfully elegant: they demonstrate Gallet’s keen eye for composition and texture, and track a form of interspecies cohabitation that is very alluring.” Lucy Conticello,director of Photography of M, Le Monde for Fotofilmic publication.

“Avec une approche très plasticienne - voire conceptuelle - faisant la part belle à la nature morte, à l’objet, à la lumière et à l’abstraction, les clichés de cette série révèlent une intimité et une homogénéité de l'écriture photographique qui est au service du propos de l’artiste”. Stefano Stoll, Directeur Images Vevey, Conseiller Artistique du Prix HSBC pour la Photographie 2019.