Tropique des Pyrénées

Xavier Dumoulin

Exhibition from 12 May to 10 June 2023
Wednesday to Saturday from 2pm to 7pm

As part of Paris Gallery Weekend
Signing of the catalogue on Saturday 27 May at 5pm
Opening from 11am on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 May
Opening Sunday 28 May from 2pm to 6pm

The world is burning both physically and morally. Carbon is being consumed more and more and with it the soul of humanity. Miracle energy, abundant and cheap, is the basis of our system. More and more machines in the service of immediacy, ready to satisfy the slightest desire on the altar of consumption. The God of growth is seductive with its promises of opulence, but the earth is bled dry and we are hurtling faster and faster towards the wall of reality. The dream becomes a nightmare.
We are in daily contact with the tropical American city in these photos. A Hollywood setting where we are the actors, the consumers, the decision makers. The habit, the routine, the need to fit into the system ankyloses our free will. The choices are limited, our contradictions numerous, but we can simply open our eyes. See the neon lights, the advertising signs, the light that attracts, that stirs our desires to the depths of the now American, concrete, artificial night. The causes here illuminate the consequences of climate change. Tropical vegetation occupies the landscape, Florida comes to invite itself at the foot of the Pyrenees. All of these photos were taken in the urban area of Pau. A strong unity of place to better extrapolate to any other place, with the same problems. And if the climate here becomes tropical, it will be the desert further south.
Seeing to become fully aware of the world in which we live, to what extent it is changing. To see other scenes that I could have photographed, to change my point of view and become sensitive to this multiplicity of clues. To finally see beyond appearances to understand the implications for our lives and those of our children. The ostrich syndrome is no longer acceptable, it is urgent to change the paradigm.