Author(s): Jean-Luc Cramatte
In Culs de ferme, Jean-Luc Cramatte seeks to portray various forms of accumulation in a globalised landscape that is often touted as clean and orderly. An obsessive collector of pictures, including both his own photographs and found pictures, Cramatte has been compiling a photographic inventory for twenty years, securing all sorts of evidence to stop the growing gaps in our collective memory. His examinations of the visible world, invariably based on idiosyncratic concepts, steer our gaze towards things inconspicuous and overlooked. From the first hints of degradation to outright overgrown ruins, his pictures seize the status quo. Unvarnished and free of nostalgia, they offer an insightful look at the state of decline.