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Jean-Vincent Simonet (b. 1991) graduated from ECAL in 2014. He is based in Paris and Zurich where he juggles between commissioned photography and personal explorations. He was part of FOAM Talent, Plat(t)form at Fotomuseum Winthertur and had a solo show at FOAM 3h in 2015. He won a Swiss Design Awards in 2015, 2017 and 2018. He recently published a book In Bloom with SPBH Editions and had a solo at Webber Gallery (London).

Characterized by a penchant for sheer entropy and excess, my practice pushes the poetics of chaos to the very limits of the photographic medium. From landscapes and bodies, to human connection, to infrastructure and interior worlds, anything can be sucked into my process and churned back out, transmogrified and transformed through chemical manipulations and surreal photo-collages.

Part travel diary and part love letter to the cities of Tokyo and Osaka, In Bloom is a searing, hyper-visual journey into the heart of Japanese underground culture and an ode to the overwhelming experience of seeing a place with the eyes of a stranger for the first time. The project reads as a frenetic dream sequence, as if the countless nights he spent in the belly of the city have folded into a single never-ending one.

Printing my images onto plastic paper so the ink never quite dries, I then uses water and chemicals to transform the surface of the prints, abstracting and blurring them as if the scenes are melting away.

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