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Sans Limites.

Photographs by Théo Gosselin.
Editions du LIC, 2014. 112 pp., 55 Color prints, Offset printing, Hot foil embossed spine, 8¾x11½".

Publisher's Description

Sans Limites by Théo Gosselin, the much anticipated follow up to his highly successful debut book, Avec Le Coeur (Éditions du LIC 2013), presents a glimpse of life beyond boundaries - unrestricted by limitations of geography and social conventions. The result of the photographer´s most recent road trips across the US, Spain, Scotland and native France, Sans Limites presents a significant evolution of Gosselin´s long term project; photography sur le motif ("of the object(s) or what the eye actually sees") and his attempt to communicate the actual visual conditions seen at the time of the photographing

Whilst clearly indebted to the photography of Ryan McGinley, Nan Goldin and Larry Clark, unlike the self-confessed "pseudo-fiction" of McGinley's work, the subjects in Théo Gosselin's images are friends rather than models, and the situations are not mythic constructions but glimpses of an underground lifestyle in a post-9/11 and post-AIDS world in which social media has blurred the boundaries between public and private, and between being documented and simply being. At times, Gosselin´s work approaches something akin to poésie bucolique; his photographs representing modern day pastoral landscapes that resemble 21st century equivalents of Poussin's Et in Arcadia ego, Manet's Déjeuner sur L'herbe or Cézanne's Les Grandes Baigneuses. At other times, his images capture moments more resonant of Bacchanalian scenes painted by Titian, Rubens or Levêque.

Deliberately cinematic, Gosselin's photography reveals friends in the act of escaping from their regular lives into newly enticing and perilous modes of existence, ever in search of the persistent though elusive idea of freedom. 

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