Louis-Cyprien Rials (born 1981 in Paris) studied theatre in France before discovering photography in Japan, where he lived for several years. In 2007, he undertook a journey in the footsteps of the painter Hiroshige to deliver a comparative analysis of the Japanese landscape over time. Since his return from Japan in 2008, he has lived between Paris, Brussels and Berlin, while continuing his travels in countries that are not internationally recognised or in areas that are off-limits to the public, which he sees as “involuntary nature parks”.
In parallel to his photographic work, he works on the mineral and the relationship that humans have with “image stones”, delivering in large photographic prints landscapes drawn from stones, which humanity likes to associate with other forms, through the phenomenon of pareidolia.
The work on the landscape, its depth and the interpretation we have of its representations is an important part of the artist’s work, whether in installations of slide projectors generating landscape-paintings, or his trilogy of videos on the Desert and violence, completed in 2015 in Iraq or the video Polygon shot in 2016 in Kazakhstan.
In 2015, Louis-Cyprien Rials was nominated for the Emerige Revelations Grant. In 2016, he obtained the support of the CNAP for his first solo exhibition. In 2017, he was awarded the SAM Prize. From November 2017 to March 2018, he went to Belgrade to Hestia Art Residency and Exhibitions Bureau. This residency of several months allowed him to produce “Parietal”, a tour in Pristina, Kosovo, and to produce a solo exhibition in Belgrade, curated by Gaël Charbau.
His work has been presented in various institutions such as the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (2021), the Palais de Tokyo (Paris, 2019), the African Museum of Belgrade (2022), Untitled, Center of Photographic art, Maison Jamsheer, (2014, Muharraq, Kingdom of Bahrain)
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