Antoine d'Agata
Statement: MAP’s intense and explicit photographs chronicle our dealings with fear, violence and death. Confronting the inherent contradictions to the use of documentary photography, Antoine d’Agata documents what he lives and lives the situations he documents, photographing to face the world and engaging the same inexhaustible protocol, traversing and being traversed by extreme experiences. He structures a physical and psychic path overshadowed by risk, hazard, desire and unconsciousness, in a frantic search for the feeling of being alive, being part of life, belonging to life. MAP centers around the photographer latest series that offer a perspective on social violence and the state of contemporary world, focusing on sequencing, pushing the mass accumulation of images until the point of almost complete saturation. In MAP, photographs are literal fragments being torn out of existence, not intended to please the eye, but to disturb the viewers in their position as consumers. MAP confirms d'Agata's affinity for experience over ideas and his vision of art as action. Photography becomes then a source of disorder because it unleashes a rage that makes the fear and desire we battle feel bearable.
Born in 1961, Marseille. Antoine d'Agata left France in 1983 and remained overseas for the next ten years. Finding himself in New York in 1990, he pursued an interest in photography by taking courses at the International Center of Photography, where he met Larry Clark and Nan Goldin. After his return to France in 1993 he took a four-year break from photography. His first books of photographs, De Mala Muerte and Mala Noche, were published in 1998. The following year Galerie Vu, newly founded by Christian Caujolle, began distributing his work. In 2001 he published Hometown, and won the Niépce Prize for young photographers. He continued to publish regularly: Vortex and Insomnia appeared in 2003, accompanying his exhibition 1001 Nuits, which opened in Paris in September; Stigma was published in 2004, and Manifeste in 2005. In 2004 d'Agata shot his first short film El Cielo del Muerto; this experiment led to his long feature film Aka Ana, shot in 2006 in Tokyo. In 2004 d'Agata joined Magnum Photos, he became a full member in 2008. Since 2009, d'Agata is also represented by Les Filles du Calvaire Gallery. The same year, agonie was published. D'Agata has exhibited his work extensively on an international scale and has published numerous monographs. Since 2005, he has been working on exhibition and publication projects for Fotomuseum den Haag, Netherlands (2012), Le Bal, Paris - MuCEM, Marseille - Forma, Milan (2013). In 2013, he won Book prize at The Rencontres d'Arles for "Anticorps", the same year his third Movie "Atlas" is released.