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Jean-Christophe Garcia

Jean-Christophe Garcia

Jean-Christophe Garcia


Jean-Christophe Garcia was born and lives in Aquitaine, France.
JCG’s photos, whether they are static images or images of movement, invite us to explore our relationship with the world around us, a world we increasingly apprehend and remember both individually and collectively through optical images.

‘JCG explores reality and its representations. Some of his photos adopt a documentary style – take for instance the series entitled documents potentiels, in which prison cells or domestic interiors seem to follow a predefined and rather rigid photographic protocol as a means of rendering their neutrality palpable.’ Anna Maisonneuve, Palper le Neutre in Sud Ouest, 31.05.2011

Each image is indeed a document and each photograph strives towards objective form as a means of offering what it depicts to the onlooker’s subjective interpretation. Each viewer is invited to construct their own understanding of each photograph whose form allows for its documentary status. Constructing and inventing, rather than representing, are the keywords of his art, as a means of defining and creating the conditions in which a concrete exploration of the world is possible, rather than simply portraying reality through mere specular and/or spectacular images.

Works in public collections: Centre Pompidou (Paris), Musée d’Aquitaine (Bordeaux), Artothèque de Pessac, Artothèque du Conseil Général de la Gironde, Collection d'art contemporain de Mérignac. Private Collections.

Portfolio Projet Atgol (from 2010)

Atgol is a fictional character immersed in the reality of Google Earth, a visual reality with no tangible presence, no volume, relief or depth.
These works are not photographs but screenshots, lifted from the slither of space screening our gaze, just behind the flat surface on which images are imprinted, seemingly protecting us and pacifying our relationship with the image, rendering it neutral, banal almost and innocent. Such images are neither close to us nor far removed, they are everyday images, at once domestic and domesticated, informing us of a so-called ‘virtual’ reality and its potential uses. A reality which has no existence, but yet exists.
In some places, when certain details appear familiar, Atgol has a heightened sense of bearing witness to a disappearing world, while finding himself before a prefiguration of the near future, a future which is already there. Is this an image in the process of becoming, tragically dragging along the world in its wake? On what ruins do such images stand and what exactly is falling into ruin? Atgol does not yet know what is being lost or what will be laid to rest in the tomb these images form.

Translated by Lucy Edwards


Portfolio Documents potentiels - Une prison dans la cite (Prison in the City) 2008 - 2012

A photograph could never compare with what prison embodies or what being imprisoned means, and in this series of works, it was never JCG’s intention to portray the reality of prison life. Rather he sought to shed light on a handful of those elements which most stood out, without seeking to adopt a mimetic stance.

Translated by Lucy Edwards

Portfolio Documents Potentiels – Chambres (Bedrooms) – 2006 - 2010

Documents potentiels is the generic title of a group of projects in which JCG adopts a form rooted in the typology of spaces where similar is not synonymous with equal. Resemblance is not the name of the game here, but rather differences and gaps within a norm which is generally imposed and viewed as outside self.

‘The work resonates within us in elliptic fashion, giving voice to a common poetry. A thousand stories immediately spring to mind, intruding into what at first sight seems a statement of fact. JCG uses technique and format in his meticulous construction of projection surfaces which take us to the very frontier of things and their representation, at the threshold of explanations and stories we are invited to invent or rediscover.' Éric Martinez & Delphine Costedoat in overworld-blog, 07.07.2011

Translated by Lucy Edwards



Phantastika, with the writer Bruce Bégout, Editions [le bleu du ciel]
N° D’ECROU 1926, with the writer Fred Léal, Editions le Festin
Faits Divers, Editions Le Festin. Fictions d’architectures, with Delphine Costedoat, Editions overworld
Le Partage des Eaux, Editions [le bleu du ciel]
Incidences de Frontière, with Jean-Marc Huitorel, Xavier Rosan, Didier Arnaudet, Jean-Christophe Aguas, Editions Le Festin
Des Cinémas…, with Didier Arnaudet, Serge Toubiana, Francis Lacloche, Editions Le Festin
Archéologie Contemporaine, with Jean-Christophe Aguas, Editions Le Festin


2013 : 65699, artothèque de Pessac, France
2012 : Une prison dans la cité, Château de Cadillac, France
2011 : Faits Divers (exposition rétrospective), La Vieille Eglise, Mérignac, France
2009 : Documents potentiels, Artothèque de Pessac, France
2009 : Mémoires d’estuaires, Galerie Arrêt sur l’Image et autres lieux en Gironde. France
2008 : Fictions d’architectures, Galerie 91, Bordeaux, France
2008 : Humain, très humain, Musée d’Aquitaine, Bordeaux, France
2006 : Les peintres de la vie moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
2004 : Le partage des eaux, C.I.P.M, Marseille, Galerie éof, Paris, France
​2001 : Pièges à Conviction, Centre VU, Québec, Canada
1998 : Incidences de frontière, Goethe-Institut de Bordeaux, France
1998: Le donné, le fictif, Centre National de la Photographie, Paris, France
1989 : Les Animaux Supérieurs, FRAC Aquitaine, France