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Jürgen nefzger
The Cloud Machine
Experimental video | hdv | color | 12'35'' | Germany / France | 2017
Jürgen Nefzger associe des projets filmiques à son oeuvre photographique centrée sur les rapports entre l’homme et son environnement dominés par les logiques économiques. Avec The Cloud Machine, il présente un film réalisé au sein d’une grande usine d’incinération. Celle-ci vient éclairer son propos, avec cette notion de recyclage, de cycle dans lequel s’inscrivent les sociétés contemporaines. Avec des pointes d’humour, il nous fait partager le quotidien de ces hommes alimentant cette machine à nuages. En dehors des fumées que rejette l’usine, il y a cette idée de boucle immuable induite par une logique consumériste portant les individus vers les centres commerciaux, achetant des produits qui nécessairement seront voués à la destruction. En découle ce constat: finalement, rien ne change malgré les aléas. La crise, mais quelle crise?
I was born in Germany in 1968 and moved to France in 1990 to study at the French National School of Photography in Arles. I have been living in France since then and I find the double cultural influences a nourishing background that continues to sharpen my sense of observation. The fact that I grew up within a generation marked by a strong political commitment made me aware, early in my life, of problems that we still seem willing to ignore. Besides my work as an artist I teach photography at the Fine Art School of Aix-en-Provence. My work is represented by Françoise Paviot Gallery, Paris. What I like the most in photography is the very direct relationship that it has with reality. It cannot be disconnected from the subject. By adopting a documentary style, I explore themes closely linked to the impact of society on the environment, which allows me to take a political stance in the world. I perceive the contemporary landscape and its conflictive aspects as symbolic of the evolutions of a consumer society in crisis. Questioning environmental issues is a leitmotiv in my work. I previously focused on suburbia and the failures of urban planning in the nineties and addressed issues like pollution or nuclear power since the turn of the century. In current projects, I am exploring ways of working on landscapes moulded by the financial and economic crisis that we are experiencing today. My projects are often carried out over several years resulting in large series of pictures. Besides exhibitions, I’m very interested in the process of editing my work.