Sommes-nous? Tendance Floue

Meyer, Flore-Aël Surun, Pascal Aimar, Thierry Ardouin, Denis Bourges, Gilles Coulon, Olivier Culmann, Mat Jacob, Caty Jan, Patrick Tourneboeuf, Philippe Lopparelli, Bertrand Meunier

The French collective Tendance Floue (literally meaning "fuzzy tendency") offers a new approach to photojournalism. Sommes-nous? (Are We?) is the last in a trilogy of innovative publications that they produced, which freed photography from any obligation to generate meaning by removing images from their context and allowing them to form open-ended narratives. This exhibition draws upon images from their latest book, which confronts the subjectivities of its 12 members, by building a new kind of objectivity that juxtaposes multiple approaches to photography and eliminates notions of individual authorship.

Tendance Floue states that: “a photo is not the goal but the starting point.” Their practice weaves photographs of places marked by history with scenes from the everyday, challenging the viewer to determine if these images belong in the realm of art or the news. Created in 1991, in the spirit of the Magnum Photos agency, the collective has received wide acclaim for their unique exploration of our current social climate, experimental approach to authorship and strong utopian vision. The group was closely mentored by renowned French cultural theorist Jean Baudrillard, who wrote, “Photography is meaningless if it only reflects the subject’s photographic desire and not the world’s desire to be photographed and seen.”