The image glides peacefully. It shows in extreme simplicity the face of a young woman who is under the water. Because of the tight framing and the white background, all context disappears. The audience will never know anything about this female figure, whose veil is too thin to allow identification. This contemporary nymph plays with all the myths and fictions in a primarily surreal moment of suspension. The story becomes an abstraction. And time travels in a loop, without any direction. The work resembles breathing: Nymphea’s answer to the visual saturation of our contemporary world is to choose purity. The work is hollowed, yet paradoxically preserves its energy. This extreme concentration is related to the desire to seek out the imagination. Going against entropy, Ange Leccia chose water as his screen, which is ready to receive the mental projections of viewers. The visible flow of the image emphasizes the forthcoming transformation, which will take the form of an exchange. Between withdrawal and deployment, the young woman becomes an allegory, a perception of an ever-changing process. Her form is transformative, her gaze enabling our own.
b. 1952, Corsica, France
Lives and works in Paris. Awe-inspiring artist Ange Leccia is not only an expert behind the lens, but also extremely skilled with a paintbrush in his hand. Before transitioning into the realm of photography, Leccia completed his studies in fine arts and started a dual career path as a visual artist and a filmmaker. Beginning his career with a residency at the French Academy in Rome, Leccia developed a reflection on the vocabulary of cinema in his movies, ultimately playing on formal elements to change perception. Between 1996 and 2004, Leccia directed the successful and beautiful films of Ile de beauté, Gold and Malus. In 2010, Leccia went on to film Personne n’est à la place de personne with the artist Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, as well as the feature films Azé and Nuit bleue, both of which were presented at the Rotterdam Festival in 2010. After transitioning into the photographic realm of the art world, Leccia continued to succeed in leaps and bounds. His work has been exhibited in several museums, among them: Musée d’ Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Centre Georges Pompidou, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Since 2001 he has been managing Le Pavillon, a research unit that offers residencies for young artists and curators.