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Title
Sans Titre No. 19 (homme avec main) (Untitled No. 19 (man with hand))
Artist
Valerie Jouve
Date
1996
Dimensions
framed 44.25 × 56 × 1.375 inches
Materials
color photograph
Location
Not on view

Object Details

Type
Photographs (Photographs)
Accession Number
1997.107
Edition
1/3
Inscriptions
unsigned; N.A.
Physical Description
A man wearing a blue coat, standing in front of an urban landscape, with his hand touching the right side of his face.
Printer
N.A.
Credit Line
T. B. Walker Acquisition Fund, 1997

object label Valerie Jouve, Sans Titre No. 19 (homme avec main) (Untitled No. 19 [man with hand]) and Sans Titre No. 20 (Untitled No. 20) (1996) Walker Art Center, 2000

Valerie Jouve’s work seems to belong to the tradition of street photography, but in fact it does not. While the photographs are taken in specific locations in the city of Marseille in France, the people in them are directed by Jouve as if they were actors in a film. What results are seemingly spontaneous images made through a long and carefully arranged process.

Jouve started to make No. 19 in 1994 and then stopped because of what she felt was an inexplicable problem–in her words, the “difference between the idea of mobility expressed by the road and the static situation of the person. Each element changes the situation of the other.” She returned to the same subject again in 1996, attempting to complete the work on three different occasions before arriving at the image seen here. The same is the case with No. 20, which she worked on for two years, pointing to what she saw as the “difficulty to express a laugh with a very long pose [and the] contradiction between the natural movement of the laugh and the rigidness of photography.”

Label text for Valerie Jouve, Sans Titre No. 19 (homme avec main) (Untitled No. 19 [man with hand]) and Sans Titre No. 20 (Untitled No. 20) (1996), from the exhibition Art in Our Time: 1950 to the Present, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, September 5, 1999 to September 2, 2001.

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