Dove Allouche

Artist

Art piece of Comets and meteorites by Dove Allouche

© Cristallisation de la L-Alanine - Dove Allouche

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“I want to reveal things that are under our nose, things that are too close for comfort but that we look straight through in order to see something else. I want to capture the invisible in the overly visible.”
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My work is mainly about undertaking a task which, once completed, may reveal something I hadn’t suspected. I am not trying to reveal things that have lain deeply buried and forgotten for hundreds or thousands of years, or to discover secrets that other people want to hide, nor am I trying to find hidden meanings in things or discourses. I am simply trying to reveal things that are present, yet invisible, in the now. My approach is like that of a far-sighted person. I want to reveal things that are under our nose, things that are too close for comfort but that we look straight through in order to see something else. I want to capture the invisible in the overly visible.

 

I had already explored the emergence of life a few years ago with a series of images of hydrothermal springs, called Black Smokers (in partnership with IFREMER). For my next series, Petrographs (in partnership with CNRS / CEA), I turned my attention to prehistoric sites and how to make photographs from stalagmite samples, particularly those taken from the site of the Chauvet cave. For my more recent series, Fungi (in partnership with CRCC / Museum of Natural History), I photographed the cultivation of spores from museum storerooms, to reveal fungal contaminations predating the museum collections themselves.

 

Following on from those series, I would now like to develop my research on the first pre-biotic molecules.

 

Born in 1972, Dove Allouche is a 1998 graduate of the ENSAPC (École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts de Paris-Cergy) school of art and design. His recent solo and group exhibitions include “Visible/Invisible” at Château de Versailles; “Préhistoire, une énigme moderne” at Centre Pompidou in Paris; “Negative Capability” at the Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver; “Le Beau Danger” at Gallery Peter Freeman in New York; and “Mea culpa d’un sceptique” at Fondation d’entreprise Ricard in Paris.

 

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Art Explora
Art Explora

The brainchild of entrepreneur and philanthropist Frédéric Jousset, the Art Explora Foundation, which launched in November 2019, aims to close the cultural divide through a series of initiatives in France and abroad, drawing on new technologies and mobile systems open to everyone. It seeks to connect works with their audiences and to support new creation and innovation. The Foundation is co-curating eight residencies for the inaugural season of Villa Albertine.  

 

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Founded in 1817, the Beaux-Arts de Paris is both a publishing house and a center of artistic training, experimentation, exhibitions, and conservation of historical and contemporary collections. The Beaux-Arts de Paris trains high-level artists and is an essential part of the international contemporary art scene.

 

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