Douglas Mandry is an artist born in 1989 and living in Switzerland. His work examines the relationship between man and nature, and how nature is perceived through representation. At the crossroads of science, technology, photography and sculpture, his practice crystallises researches rooted in archeology and history into tangible works, always underlining the condition of the natural world surrounding us. The tension between two- and three-dimensions is omnipresent in his oeuvre, within a wide range of mediums. Since graduating from ECAL University of Arts and Design with honours, Mandry's work has been exhibited across Europe, such as at Die Biennale für aktuelle Fotografie, C/O Berlin, Foam Museum Amsterdam, Le Lieu Unique, Victoria and Albert Museum, National Museum Luxembourg and Kunsthaus Wien, was awarded of the Foam Talent 2020, and nominated for prestigious awards, such as the Paul Huf and Prix Pictet.
Douglas Mandry examines the aspects of the photographic medium being a mechanical recording of reality in order to question our relationship to memory, technology and nature within the Anthropocene era. Experimenting with photographic techniques and sometimes self-invented processes, he uses the medium as a raw material, stretches it, reworks it according to selected processes, to reach a critical distance from the indexical qualities originally attributed to photography. By doing so, he aims at creating a new typology of objects, somewhere in between two- and three- dimensionality, mixing images with non photographic material. As a result, his work is an attempt to raise questions regarding materiality and tangibility, in a world of permanent image-production.
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