Paris

Paris

Biennale de l’Image

École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts
14 rue Bonaparte
May 12–July 12, 1998

It’s a common complaint today that media bombardment has stripped the image of all meaning. For some of the youngest participants in this first edition of the Biennale de l’Image (curator Régis Durand, director of the Centre Nationale de Photographie, has selected an international group of artists largely under thirty-five), image saturation is apparently a given; whether working in video, on computers, or with a camera, they take the image as medium rather than message—a decision as second nature to them as acrylic was for Color Field painters. A new type of art may emerge from this strategy, one marked by the dialectic between opacity and transparency—not to mention the intimacy always associated with picture-taking.