Walled Out / Minitopia

10/10/2009 - 11/07/2009
Edith Roux
Edith Roux
Sans titre - Taraxacum section ruderalia ou pissenlit, 2007
Série Minitopia
Lambda print
22 x 17.6 inches
Edition of 5 ex + 1 AP
Edith Roux © Galerie Dix9 Hélène Lacharmoise, available

Edith Roux
Edith Roux
Walled out - Phoenix, Arizona , 2005-2007
Walled out
lambda print
106 x128 cm
Edition of 5 ex
Edith Roux © Galerie Dix9 Hélène Lacharmoise, available

Press release

Edith Roux is fascinated with mutating areas, and her phtography is hybrid ; both documentary and fiction . The places shown are real and virtual at the same time and are related to both issues that preoccupy this artist : surveillance and the wastelands. Edith Roux speaks of things both serious and worrying, but she always does with a touch of poetry.

The two different photographic series displayed simultaneously  center around issues that are related.
"Walled Out" is a work on gated communities. These securised residential enclaves are a new form of peri-urban area which has developed within American middle class.  A low horizon is set and a person in front has her back turned to the viewer, but this image goes beyond romantic painting as this person is faced with her own estrangement. "No Peeping" is a burlesque video that denounces the atmosphere created by these enclaves.As a conterpoint to these watched over areas, the "Minitopia" series reveals areas that escape all control.  Here are plants that grow wild in wall and sidewalk cracks.  Edith Roux magnifies these mini-landscapes through play with a change in scale.  She  adds  utopic playlet acted by lilliputian characters.

Born in 1963, Edith Roux has a degree from the National School of Photography in Arles. Two monographs have been published : "Euroland" (with a text by Guy Tortosa and Gilles Clément) and "Dreamscape" (with a text by Paul Ardenne). Her works have become part of several public and private collections. She is currently working on a commision for the Photographic Landscape Observatory (for the Hainaut Crossborder National Park).