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Paris (75), France
A self-taught photographer and former criminal lawyer, Sabine Agostini learned photography and honed her eye through film, literature and painting. Her nocturnal wanderings are inspired in turn by the films of the 50s, the pop culture of the 90s, detective novels and the art of Edward Hopper. Without really looking for them, she finds places that contain a condensed state of darkness, poetry and metaphysics. Her half-illuminated night scenes deliver a disturbing, nauseating, almost dangerous atmosphere and are bathed in a supernatural aura. The idea being to propose compositions that seem both real and unreal. "For me, these are places of desertion where man fades away and time seems to have stopped. It's the dream within the dream, the crackling cathode ray TV, the crackling light bulb, a remote motel, a motorway in the night, the feeling of an imminent catastrophe". An aesthetics of strangeness and an often desperate tone that incessantly draws the viewer into the middle of desolate spaces and ghostly landscapes. Stripped of any human presence, without any staging, his work is nevertheless subject to a narrative thread and a certain theatricality. In his compositions light plays an essential role, leaving a mysterious atmosphere, often cinematographic, hovering from photo to photo. "It is important that the audience asks itself about the outcome and that the suspense always remains underlying. The question is not what happened, but what will happen next, and it is up to each person to interpret. The Hitchkokan, Lynchian and Hopperian aesthetics fascinate me and unconsciously inspire my photographic work".
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