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Interview

Vincent Levrat: “I play with photographs and with perception, often trying to fool or at least to question the viewer"

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Futures Photography
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January 15, 2020
Selected for Futures by the Hyères Festival, Vincent Levrat grew up in a small town in the countryside of Switzerland. After succeeded with honours the photography school of Vevey, he decided to pursue his path to the ECAL in Lausanne where he just obtained his Bachelor’s degree with the Prix Elinchrom.
His work explores the boundaries between sculpture and photography. “I play with photographs and with perception, often trying to fool or at least to question the viewer on what he/she is looking at,” he explains. In the interview, Levrat talks about his inspirations and career:
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Can you explain us a little bit about your inspirations? What are the main themes in your practice?

Let’s face it: we all get bored on the internet. Remember those magic hours spent playing with a wood stick when you were just a kid? My work is calling that up. It is a reaction to the loss of physicality, to the hours spend in front of a screen. It translates into a seek for the magic and naive years of wandering, playing and messing around as kid.

How do you see your relationship with photography? How do you deal with this medium to express your art?

Photography is at the very centered of my practice even though it is often merging with sculpture. When working, what I have in mind is always an image. What matters to me is the process of creating the image. I play with photographs and with perception, often trying to fool or at least to question the viewer on what he/she is looking at.

Can you tell us a bit more about the projects that you have been working with?

For outburst, I occupy a wasteland in order to make it my own playground or my open air studio. This empty space with no function, unmanaged by social rules, appears as a space of freedom. The poor materials found on site becomes the source of creation, once triggered by the virtue of a childlike state of mind. Physical experimentation, craftsmanship and materiality are celebrated in the place, aiming to escape the virtual world and technologies.

How has been the experience of being a talent selected for Futures? How can Futures help your career?

Being part of the platform allowed me to establish a network with people willing to collaborate. The days at Unseen Amsterdam led to some collaboration and an exhibition for which I am very excited about. Also, by setting up an online tutoring with some institutions, it offers a mid-term support and panel of people to shared ideas, projects and works with.

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