Vitalité Hypocrite I Photo Series Paris 2019
After exhibitions in Germany, Düsseldorf and Berlin, humanist photographer Luis Nicolas Jachmann, a student at Sciences Po, asks the question of conscience - via his photo series Vitalité Hypocrite: Are we ready for a radical change? the end of the plastic empire? Or does consumption catch up with us and bind us with its spirit of waste?
His portraits on a black background join two more contrary than complementary worlds: the texture of the face consists of an organic product covered with colored plastic waste, products of everyday life. The expression of the face is reminiscent of fashion prints in magazines, on posters: attractive, manipulative, idealizing.
One thing is not (yet) possible without the other: the durable, the organic, is packaged in plastic. Daily life in supermarkets, production lines, our cycles. The return to the organic is put in the wrong light due to the relevance of the plastic.
At his first exhibition in France, Luis Nicolas Jachmann reminds us that we can all question our consumption. It is not to wash the conscience, but for a future worth living. For us and future generations. A photographic awakening, a colorful reminder that it's not too late to sharpen our senses in the face of social challenges.
It sticks and sticks. That's not surprising. And above all, it drips extremely. Marie had to feel that during the photos again and again, when the honey ran over her face. Honey is a true natural product that we owe to the endangered bees. For the photoshooting we bought the honey in the bio food store. Bread and medicines - vital products in our everyday lives. At Marie's sight, we can get a picture of everyday products, often in plastic packaging waiting to be used.
"The sauce was cold and itched" - to briefly quote Hannah's emotional state. The tomato sauce is bright orange. And yet she lets the skin underneath recognize. Under the eyes plastic parts are glued, which are used for the suspension of brittle material during transport. The barcode on the mouth identifies us as viewers as consumers who can not run away from the plastic. Anyone can, Hannah finds his contribution to reducing the plastic afford.
This picture dances something out of line: it was created outside and not in the studio. In November 2017 it was the first photoshoot of the series Vitalité Hypocrite. Myrna and I met in the dark at Buttes Chaumont. The clay on the skin is already getting its first cracks. Because it dries quickly and changes its color: The earth gets lighter. This created a striking contrast between the parts in the eye area and the forehead. Myrna recalls: "It felt very wet and added that it was cold."
The preparation of this organic layer on the skin could also have been the beginning of a classic "soirée". The story is quickly told: tomatoes, lemons and avocado are needed to prepare guacamole. Lyse could not resist the temptation and had to try it once or twice before the guacamole was applied to her face. We had to make the photos fast, because not only the consistency on the skin changed quickly, but also the color. The rich green of avocado pulp is quickly getting dark.
Chocolate on the face - at least with today's massages, this is not completely unusual. However, this very thick chocolate cream on the skin is more of a rarity. Marisol felt a little dirty and unnatural herself: "It felt like my skin was not my skin. Usually chocolate is there to eat. But well, that was for a good cause. And I'm glad that this chocolate did not contain palm oil." The color of the chocolate is comparatively monochrome and shines in the light.