Matthieu Gafsou

Which mountains do we wish to consider, and how?

The exhibitions revolve around the representation of the mountain, a theme that has never ceased to fascinate artists ever since the Alpine journeys of the painter Caspar Wolf in the 18th century. Mountain landscapes have attracted photographers since the earliest days of the new art, producing masterful work in the last decades of the 19th century. Today, at the beginning of the 21st century, the mountain is seen differently, recognized as having an unsettling fragility in the face of its occupation by human beings.

What remains of the myths that are linked to mountains? Are mountains still a source of inspiration for today’s creators? How do perceptions of them shift as their populations disappear, and inescapably references are more and more centered on the urban world? HIGH ALTITUDE provides some answers to these questions.